I am trying to install MATLAB R2014a on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I download the .iso file (from my University) and mount it using Disk Image Mounter. Then I open a terminal, switch to the directory where the image is mounted, and enter this command:

sudo ./install

Then it runs a bunch of lines that all say cp: failed to extend 'some stuff' or cp: error reading 'somestuff' and then Input/output error. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for any help.

  • are you sure the matlab version is correct? it might be the win version you are trying to install. – daemonoid May 12 '14 at 7:00
  • You can use GNU octave. – Dusan Milosevic May 15 '14 at 11:45

Yes, I just installed Matlab 2014a from .iso file on Ubuntu 14.04, both 64 bits.

I see there are still issues regarding mounting and installation procedures. My simple experience was just downloading the iso file and extract it there (not mount).

Then chmod +x ./install replied permission denied. This needed making the java file in /matlab-extracted-folder/sys/java/jre/glnxa64/jre/bin/ executable using chmod +x ./java.

Now come back to the matlab extracted folder and install as sudo ./install.


Answer by Sudheer is not correct. Matlab 2014a is available for several Linux distributions, including some Ubuntu versions, however Mathworks does not give any promises about Ubuntu 14.04, but I doubt your problem is the Ubuntu version, unless you are trying to install 64bit Matlab on 32bit Ubuntu. See the link:


I suggest you start troubleshooting from: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MATLAB

I know it is about Matlab 2012a, not 2014a, but these instructions worked fine with my Ubuntu 12.04 and Matlab 2013b.


Just in case for a new user who is coming here read this answer that's what worked for me: Matlab install - Java permission denied

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