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Intended Use

This page contains information about the Matlab software and how you can access it as a Nikhef employee.

What is Matlab?


MATLAB is a proprietary multi-paradigm programming language and numeric computing environment developed by MathWorks. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages. Although MATLAB is intended primarily for numeric computing, an optional toolbox uses the MuPAD symbolic engine allowing access to symbolic computing abilities. An additional package, Simulink, adds graphical multi-domain simulation and model-based design for dynamic and embedded systems.

Can I use Matlab?

You can use Matlab on a CT managed Windows machine. It is also possible to use Matlab on a laptop that was purchased by Nikhef. In both cases you can send an email to Please provide the hostname of your CT managed Windows machine. We can install this remotely without interruption from your work. An appointment must be made for installation on your laptop purchased by Nikhef.

What license/toolboxes does Nikhef have?

Nikhef uses a floating license for Matlab. This means that a limited number of users can use the software at the same time. We therefore kindly ask you to close the software if you are not actively using it so that your license can be used by a colleague. Also, specific toolboxes have also been purchased by a number of departments. We can't just install the toolboxes at every computer, this will be decided depending on which department you work for.


If you want to use Matlab on a laptop purchased by Nikhef, you must have EduVPN installed. A connection to the institute is required to reach the license server. Here you will find instructions for installing EduVPN: Install EduVPN to get institute access from home.

Who to contact for more information?

If you want more information about the use of Matlab within Nikhef, you can send an email to

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