OnDemand Desktop App: MATLAB

MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran and Python.

Accessing through OnDemand

All the desktop apps can be found within the 'Interactive Apps' dropdown in our OnDemand web portal as shown in the image below:



After selecting MATLAB, you will arrive at this page:


Here you can select the resources you would like your MATLAB session to have using the menu on the righthand side of the page. Additionally you can adjust the window size of the MATLAB session using the same menu. After you click "Launch", a new session will be queued. Once the session is active you page will look like the image below:


You can choose from "noVNC Connection", or "Native Instructions" to get the interface. If you use "noVNC", you can choose from "Launch noVNC in New Tab" to get your desktop and work accordingly, or "View Only (Share-able Link)" to get your desktop or share your desktop with colleagues in "View Only" mode. If you use "Native Instructions", see this page for more information on how to use OSC Connect.


Once you have entered your session, you should see a new tab. Allow MATLAB a moment to start up before your screen eventually looks like the image below:


This is a typical MATLAB interface that should be familiar to most users.

The desktop includes these panels:

  •     Current Folder — Access your files.
  •     Command Window — Enter commands at the command line, indicated by the prompt (>>).
  •     Workspace — Explore data that you create or import from files.

More info on Matlab and its use can be found here

Further Reading

MathWorks support page