Software Installation – How to Install 32-bit Matlab on Ubuntu 64-bit

MATLABsoftware installation

While running previous versions of Ubuntu (prior to 13.10) I was able to follow the instructions listed here to install 32-bit Matlab while running 64-bit Ubuntu. Now in 13.10 I am no longer able to install the ia32-libs package which contains several dependencies that Matlab uses. Matlab uses a Java installer so dpkg is no help.

How do I meet these dependencies in Ubuntu 13.10 and later?

Best Answer

The way I got it to work was to follow the instructions here. After running the command:

sudo /media/MATHWORKS_R2012A/install -glnx86 -v

if there are unmet dependencies it will complain about some library not found. Next, search for this library in Ubuntu's packages for your release (in this case saucy). Make sure to search the contents of the packages. After you find the package name, install it: (make sure to include the trailing :i386)

sudo apt-get install <package-name>:i386

For example:

I am using the Student version of 2011a and the required packages for me on Ubuntu 13.10 are:

sudo apt-get install libxtst6:i386 libXext6:i386 libxi6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libxt6:i386 libxpm4:i386 libxmu6:i386 libxp6:i386

For installing the Student version of 2011a on Xubuntu 14.04 I had to also install the lib32stdc++6 package:

sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6