I've installed Matlab on my Ubuntu 18.04. Every time I want to open it I need to call it.


I think it is too long and waste of a little time. There has to be an easier way to open it. How can I open it simply by writing its name or is there any easier way?

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    You can add it to "path", or create an alias. – Pilot6 Mar 16 '19 at 9:09

Add this to your ~/.bashrc file

export PATH=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/bin:$PATH
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    It didn't work at first, but a little research on the net solved it. It should be without "matlab" at the end. Like this: export PATH=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/bin:$PATH – sarp Mar 16 '19 at 9:27

You can either add /usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/bin/ to your PATH or create another script in a proper directory of executables in your home.

To do the second one follow the steps below.

  1. Create a folder named bin in your home directory. (Note: This assumes the directory ~/bin/ is included in your PATH. If it isn't, you need to add it to your path first.)
  2. Create a text file named matlab (the command you want to use) in the the aforementioned crated folder (i.e. in ~/bin/).
  3. Add the following lines to the matlab file

  4. Save the matlab file and make it executable.

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