MATLAB - Environment Setup


Local Environment Setup

Setting up MATLAB environment is a matter of few clicks. The installer can be downloaded from here.

MathWorks provides the licensed product, a trial version and a student version as well. You need to log into the site and wait a little for their approval.

After downloading the installer the software can be installed through few clicks.

Online Installation of MATLAB


Understanding the MATLAB Environment

MATLAB development IDE can be launched from the icon created on the desktop. The main working window in MATLAB is called the desktop. When MATLAB is started, the desktop appears in its default layout −

MATLAB desktop

The desktop has the following panels −

  • Current Folder − This panel allows you to access the project folders and files.

Current Folder
  • Command Window − This is the main area where commands can be entered at the command line. It is indicated by the command prompt (>>).

Command Window
  • Workspace − The workspace shows all the variables created and/or imported from files.

  • Command History − This panel shows or return commands that are entered at the command line.

Command History

Set up GNU Octave

If you are willing to use Octave on your machine ( Linux, BSD, OS X or Windows ), then kindly download latest version from Download GNU Octave. You can check the given installation instructions for your machine.