Hi I am trying to install MATLAB in my Ubuntu 32-bit 13.04 by mounting the ISO. Here are the steps i followed:

sudo mkdir /media/matlab/
sudo mount /home/"username"/Desktop/Matlab_Unix_2012a/ml2012au.iso /media/matlab/ -t iso9660 -o loop 

sudo mkdir /usr/local/matlab/
sudo /media/matlab/install

After all theese commands i get the following message:

Preparing installation files ...
Installing ...

It is supposed to open a window with the "Matlab installation" but it does nothing. EXTRA: i read somewhere that if i put -v after the install command it would show me more information about it so here it is:

    Preparing installation files ...
->  DVD                 = /media/matlab
->  ARCH                = glnx86
->  DISPLAY             = :0.0
->  TESTONLY            = 0
->  JRE_LOC             = /tmp/mathworks_2980/sys/java/jre/glnx86/jre
->  LD_LIBRARY_PATH     = /tmp/mathworks_2980/bin/glnx86

Command to run:
/tmp/mathworks_2980/sys/java/jre/glnx86/jre/bin/java  -splash:"/media/matlab/java/splash.png" -Djava.ext.dirs=/tmp/mathworks_2980/sys/java/jre/glnx86/jre/lib/ext:/tmp/mathworks_2980/java/jar:/tmp/mathworks_2980/java/jarext:/tmp/mathworks_2980/java/jarext/axis2/:/tmp/mathworks_2980/java/jarext/guice/:/tmp/mathworks_2980/java/jarext/webservices/ com/mathworks/professionalinstaller/Launcher -root "/media/matlab" -tmpdir "/tmp/mathworks_2980" 

Installing ...

Does anyone know why the installation window isn't showing up?

  • The ISO was corrupt – Axter May 15 '13 at 10:28
  • I had this problem on a fresh 16.04 installation. I made sure all updates were downloaded and did a reboot. That seemed to fix it. – Jan M. Sep 5 '16 at 14:39

I just found myself in the same situation with the same problem trying to install MATLAB r2014a in a clean ubuntu 14.04, the solution I found it in a post that said that was problem with the java jre

This worked for me:

./install -javadir /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk/jre/

I know you solved with a other iso, but I think someone else can find themselves with the same problem I could be interesting for them.

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  • Oh my god, you saved my day sir! Thanks so very much! – Sibbs Gambling Jun 20 '16 at 3:34
  • ./install -javadir /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre/ worked for me – Laschet Jain Feb 24 '17 at 21:29

If you dont have X11 installed

apt-get install -y -q libxtst6 libxrender1 libxi6
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  • This is a potential answer to the issue (also posted here), though, it could have been worded more clearly. – RTbecard Oct 20 '16 at 20:35

The key is to find the java/jre directory. You can cd to /usr/lib/jvm/ and list all files. There you may find java versions like java-8-openjdk java-8-openjdk-amd64 java-1.8.3-openjdk-amd64 java-x-oracle You can one as your Java engine.

Personally, I picked the following one and the this command for my MATLAB R2016a installation on Bbuntu 16.04: sudo sh ./install -javadir /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/

You can try different jdk/jre for your case, if you want. Hopefully this works for you.

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After running


i also installed the JRE for Ubuntu 18.04 using

apt-fast install default-jre

the graphical installer for MATLAB managed to start on running

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Matlab is installed, it didn't show a window because you didn't add a "-v" extension to it. Somewhat like this

sudo /media/matlab/install -v
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  • Read the question, the OP already did this. – edwin Aug 3 '13 at 5:13

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