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Is MATLAB compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)?

I want to upgrade my Mac to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). I would like to know if MATLAB and its related products are compatible with this OS.

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 7 Oct 2015
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MATLAB R2015b supports Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).
For more information on which versions of MATLAB are supported on Mac, please refer to the platform roadmap for Mac:
Workarounds for issues that may arise when running MATLAB in El Capitan are listed below:
1) Xcode 7 Support in MEX
Users will encounter an error when attempting to setup MEX with the compilers packaged in Xcode 7. Out of the box, MATLAB R2015b will not detect Xcode 7’s “clang” compiler. Users will receive the following error:
>> mex -setup
Error using mex
No supported compiler or SDK was found. For options, visit
Please refer to the following link for adding XCode 7 support to R2015b:
�2) Java Exception Upon Startup in MATLAB R2014a and Earlier
Upon startup, releases of MATLAB R2014a and earlier may trigger a Java exception and terminate abruptly. They display the following error message:  
�A patch has been released to resolve the Java crash and can be downloaded from the following bug report:
3) Java 6 in Versions of MATLAB R2013a and Earlier
Versions of MATLAB which require Java 6 (R2013a and earlier), will not launch in El Capitan. El Capitan is not shipped with Java 6 . You can install Java 6 from the following link to enable the versions of MATLAB that use it:
4) Full-screen Dialog Boxes
When MATLAB is expanded into Mac OS X's full-screen or split-screen mode, certain dialog boxes will display in full-screen mode. The dialog windows will be stretched beyond their expected dimensions. Unfortunately, there is no workaround for resolving this issue.


I am familiar with the workaround for Matlab 2012b on OS X Yosemite, and am currently running 2012b on OS X 10.10. Can anyone confirm if the same workaround applies for Matlab 2012b on OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11)?
Hi Justin
I understand that you want to know if the workaround suggested to perform "mex" using MATLAB R2015b on El-Capitan would be applicable for R2012b as well.
Please note that MathWorks has not tested "mex" using MATLAB R2012b on El-Capitan and we do not guarantee or warrant the workflow of "mexing" files on MATLAB R2012b on El-Capitan. Please refer Platform Road Map for MATLAB Product Families to know more about compatibility of MATLAB with Opearating Systems.
If you have any further questions please contact MathWorks Technical Support
At present the links for the patch files for bug 1098655 are not there; you might need to ask Support for the one you need.

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Answer by peter schwöger on 23 Feb 2016

what about Matlab R2014b? The roadmap doesn't state if it's compatible or not.

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Hi Peter
I understand that nothing has been specified about compatibility of R2014b against El-Capitan in Platform RoadMap for MATLAB Product Families . It means that the product R2014b might work on El-Capitan , however MathWorks has not tested it.

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Answer by Alex
on 24 Mar 2016

It seems that versions 2011a and later work, but they require a patch found here


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Answer by Dehua Kang on 18 Apr 2016

EI Capitan 10.11.4 is not for matlab 2015b. for longtime running matlab the plot function can just draw a empty figure without comtent. and any software with java swing will do the same thing just give a empty panel.


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