Where can I find the Activation Key and File Installation Key (FIK) for my license?

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I want to distribute or retrieve the Activation Key for my license so that licensed end users can link to my license and activate MATLAB. I would also like to distribute or retrieve the File Installation Key to install MATLAB without using the internet. Where can I find these keys? 

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 28 Apr 2022
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 28 Apr 2022
Administrators 
License administrators can obtain the Activation Key and File Installation Keys using Advanced Options in the License Center. To retrieve your Activation Key and File Installation Key, follow the steps below: 
  1. Sign in to the License Center: https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter
  2. Select the license you want to use. 
  3. Go to the Install and Activate tab. 
  4. Click “Activate to retrieve license file.” 
  5. Click Advanced Options. 
  6. The Activation Key and the File Installation Key will appear on this screen. You can generate a File Installation Key for a different release using the drop down.  
End Users 
The File Installation Key is produced when you activate your license to a machine. See the following article for more information: How do I activate MATLAB without an internet connection? 
To retrieve a File Installation Key for a license that is already activated: 
  1. Log into the License Center here: https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter 
  2. Click on the desired license. 
  3. Select the "Install and Activate" tab. 
  4. Click the blue arrow under "Get License File." 
  5. If you do not see the activated machine and blue arrow, press "Update License File" to open the correct menu. 
  6. Select a release. 
  7. Specify that the software is not yet installed. 
  8. The File Installation Key will appear on this screen. 
End users who are not allowed to perform keyless activations must contact their license administrators to obtain a File Installation Key. End users must also contact license administrators to obtain the Activation Key regardless of their permissions. In the MathWorks License Center, click the "Contact Administrators" tab to get contact information for your license administrators. 
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akde
akde on 4 Apr 2016
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 19 Apr 2021
Hello I have followed first 3 steps which are
Log into the License Center here: https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter
Select the desired license (if you are doing this for a trial, select "Trials, Prereleases, and Betas" from the drop down menu)
Select the "Activation and Installation" tab
But in the fourth step there is no "Advanced Options" button. So how can I learn my activation key
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DJENKAL Karim
DJENKAL Karim on 10 Dec 2015
There is no "Activation and Installation" tab ! When i select the trial licence, i have "Trial details" and "End users and licence contat" tabs, but no "Activation and Installation". HELP !
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 22 Sep 2020
Edited: Adam Danz on 22 Sep 2020
I reference Matlab's documentation and its embedded examples nearly every day and find them very useful. I'm genuinely curious what documentation for other programs others perceive as better.
About Matlab Answers, ~2/3 of all questions get an answer and ~1/2 of those answers are accepted. With more than a hundred questions a day and more than 288,000 answers in the forum, that's a lot of useful content and it doesn't even count the number of existing answers people find every day when searching the site [1, 2].

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Tomislav Perovic
Tomislav Perovic on 18 Dec 2015
Hi, I dowloaded matlab from play store for my mobile and i don't have activation code or licence number but i need them to use this program.What is the solution for this?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Feb 2019
MATLAB itself is not an app for iOS or Android . It is only available for desktop Windows, OS-X/MacOS, or Linux systems , x64 architecture .
What is available for iOS and android is an interface that connects to a remote matlab session run on your own desktop system , or run at Mathworks . You need to have purchased a matlab license to use these .

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hua wu
hua wu on 22 May 2016
Are there free activation key?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 22 May 2016
No. There has never been a free version of MATLAB.
There have been contests in which a copy of MATLAB was the prize.

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santosh g
santosh g on 23 Aug 2016
how to download software please anybody reply urgent
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 24 Aug 2016
When you purchase MATLAB you will be emailed the download link. If you have an existing license associated with your account then you can download from https://www.mathworks.com/downloads/web_downloads/select_release?mode=gwylf

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fauzi bala
fauzi bala on 3 Oct 2016
Where can I find the Activation Key or File Installation Key (FIK) for my license?

Adi Macedo
Adi Macedo on 25 Nov 2016
Where can I find the Activation Key or File Installation Key (FIK) for my license?

Avi Sharma
Avi Sharma on 21 Dec 2016
I have no license number , activation key and file installer key. can any one help me please.
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 9 Mar 2020
Edited: Adam Danz on 9 Mar 2020
@ Melisa Solis Arcos, contact your university's or your department's software coordinator to receive your activation key or check

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Bilal Qureshi
Bilal Qureshi on 11 Feb 2017
Same problem Activation key!
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Muni Venkatesh
Muni Venkatesh on 8 Mar 2017
Where can I find the Activation Key or File Installation Key (FIK) for my license
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 8 Mar 2017
What happened when you followed the above instructions?
If the above instructions do not work for you, you should contact Mathworks for free installation support.

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AJISHA BHAKARAN
AJISHA BHAKARAN on 10 Mar 2018
i already created a matlab account,till now i didnt got licenses

Natalia Yeromina
Natalia Yeromina on 6 Oct 2018
Where can I find the Activation Key or Key Installation File?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 7 Oct 2018
What happened when you followed the above instructions?
If the above instructions do not work for you, you should contact Mathworks for free installation support.

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Amna El-tawil
Amna El-tawil on 5 Nov 2018
I can't get the activation key; Please I need help
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Ida Nissen
Ida Nissen on 8 Nov 2018
I could also not find the activation key and finally called the support center. Apparently the trial licenses only work for the latest version of matlab, which I do not use. Therefore I could not select the license number. That might be the reason why others also cannot find the activation key.

Reshma M Nair
Reshma M Nair on 22 Mar 2019
hai all,
I am using the trial academia version of matlab. While I downloaded the file I got a license id. When I tried for file installation they asked for an activation key for my license. I followed the steps mentioned aboe in tis group but it never lead me to a solution. Can anyone help me to sort out this issue. Expecting a quick reply. Thanking in advance.
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pablo raez
pablo raez on 6 Feb 2020
me llamo Pablo
pabloraezcobo@hotmail.com
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Intento instalar matlhlab en mi PC, pero necesito una : "activation key"
como obtenerla?
Gracias.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 5 Mar 2020
The volunteers here do not have any access to the account database. We are not able to assist you in finding your license or installation key. You must contact Mathworks support.

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sachin devinda
sachin devinda on 5 Mar 2020
yes

Aya Abuzaid
Aya Abuzaid on 4 Apr 2020
Hi , i want to ask if I can use the Matlab online , because i do not want to install it on my laptop, :)

ANTHONY ULOEKWE
ANTHONY ULOEKWE on 13 Apr 2020
After installing Matlab I downloaded to my system and installing I wasn't able to find any INSTALLATION KEY . How can I get installation key??
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Cody Lamke
Cody Lamke on 16 Apr 2020
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 28 Jan 2021
Hello,
The File Installation Key is only required for installations.
If you are still experiencing this issue after referring to the instructions on this article, please contact MathWorks support:
-Cody Lamke

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Thama Mudau
Thama Mudau on 21 Apr 2020
Where can I find my installation key?

Antonio Tamaku
Antonio Tamaku on 29 Apr 2020
where can i find my activation key?

ari ali
ari ali on 9 May 2020
License No. or Activation Key i need
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 13 May 2020
If you purchased the product from Mathworks, contact Support for installation assistance.
If you are using a university license, or a commercial license with a license server (your workplace is providing the software) then the IT administration will have to provide you with the activation information.

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Isaac Femi
Isaac Femi on 13 May 2020
matlab product keys
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Cody Lamke
Cody Lamke on 21 Jul 2020
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 28 Jan 2021
Hello,
If you are still not able to locate the Activation Key after following the accepted answer above, please contact MathWorks support:
-Cody Lamke

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Fariha Nawaz
Fariha Nawaz on 28 Jul 2020
i will trying the matlab online license key but not a answers

VIVEK JAISWAL
VIVEK JAISWAL on 22 Sep 2020
Need File installation key
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Tahani Alshaiban
Tahani Alshaiban on 23 Sep 2020
whats file installation key for license?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Sep 2020
A File Installation Key is a long authentication string that can be used to activate a MATLAB license, even if you do not have internet access.

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ahmed soliman
ahmed soliman on 25 Dec 2020
activation key

monish monish
monish monish on 18 Mar 2021
I want activation key for windows 10 mathworks product installer R2021a
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 18 Mar 2021
If you purchased the product from Mathworks, contact Support for installation assistance.
If you are using a university license, or a commercial license with a license server (your workplace is providing the software) then the IT administration will have to provide you with the activation information.
Note: there are no free MATLAB licenses, except to staff or some contest winners.

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Zeraibi Oussama
Zeraibi Oussama on 19 Mar 2021
how to use activation key
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 19 Mar 2021
Start the installer. Sign in to your MATLAB account. Agree the the terms and conditions. Click Next.
The page after that will ask about selecting license. If you have an active license for the version of MATLAB, you can click on it. Otherwise, click on the small circle for "Enter Activation Key", and then in the edit box, type in (or paste in) the activation key. Then click Next to continue with the installation.

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Dr Aruna M
Dr Aruna M on 6 Jul 2021
error activation key
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 6 Jul 2021
Mathworks Support does not read user postings here. And the volunteers who do read the postings, do not have access to the license database.
You need to contact Mathworks support for free installation assistance. No-one here has the access to help you.

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hedia mansouri
hedia mansouri on 6 Dec 2021
please is there any one who help me?
how can i find the activation key?
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Amidu Oluokun Abiola
Amidu Oluokun Abiola on 11 Jan 2022
I need a liences number or an activation key for my MATLAB

Igor Naumov
Igor Naumov on 30 Jan 2022
Dear colleagues, I downloaded Matlab 14a, I don't know where to get the activation key. Kindly tell me, please?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 31 Jan 2022
Edited: Walter Roberson on 31 Jan 2022
I cannot tell whether you are using a "Standard" (commercial) license, or an Education license; it does not appear likely that you are using a Student or Home license.
If you are the contact person for your license, then visit https://www.mathworks.com/mwaccount/?s_tid=gn_myac and click on your license number to see more details about the license. The third tab on that page is "Install and Activate"; if you click that then the resulting page has a button to "Activate a Computer"
Most of the time it is not necessary to go through that manual activation process on the MATLAB site, as the installer normally activates the license for you, but you might need to use manual activation for systems that do not have an internet connection.
If you have a valid license for any release after the one you are installing, then you can potentially use that license (provided you do not exceed the number of simultaneous systems that the license can be used with.)
In most cases, if you have a valid license to use and an internet connection, the installer is sufficient; if you were using R2011a or earlier (or around there) then you might need some assistance from Mathworks in getting a proper key. It is not typically a problem to activate an old software release against a valid license. (However... if you are activating against a license that software maintainance has expired for, there might potentially be a problem.)
If you are not the contact person for your license, then either the Technical Contact or Purchasing Contact would need to run the Activation (again, under the situation that you do not have an internet connection.)
Student licenses do not have access to that license page... but student licenses are also not able to download old releases.

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Fatima Dominguez
Fatima Dominguez on 28 Feb 2022
I need a liences number or an activation key for my MATLAB

DEEPAK KUMAR
DEEPAK KUMAR on 27 Jul 2022
Edited: Walter Roberson on 27 Jul 2022
I need a liences number or an activation key for my MATLAB
MATLAB licensing expired

Mitsuo Misaka
Mitsuo Misaka on 30 Jul 2022
Edited: Walter Roberson on 30 Jul 2022
I was entering with the Number 4xxxxxxxxxx to download the MATLAB R2022 a, but I couldn't. The ERROR 510 was showed. Please, I need a help from anyone. Could anyone help me?
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 30 Jul 2022
the 4 series numbers are license numbers, not activation keys. Activation keys are 25 characters, mixed letters and digits. Error 510 is about activation keys.
Normally if you have a 4 series number you would associate your MATLAB Central account with the license number, and then when you used the installer you would have it log on, and you would select the license number from the list, and then the installer would take care of getting the activation key

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nazi
nazi on 18 Nov 2022 at 18:57
where do I find the key activation of matlab R2022b
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 18 Nov 2022 at 21:08
If you purchased MATLAB Student License, then your Activation Key would have been emailed to you. If it was not, then contact sales@mathworks.com or call Mathworks for free installation support.
If you purchased any other kind of MATLAB license then those would use license numbers rather than activation keys.
If you are using an license supplied by an organization, including licenses supplied by universities, then they are responsible for providing you with the necessary keys.
None of the volunteers here have access to the license database, so we cannot even check to see if a key is license is registered for your account.

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