I have to use Matlab for a college course. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the web-based version of Matlab, and I’m not allowed to use open-source alternatives such as Octave. I wasn’t able to find Matlab in `nixpkgs`

(understandably), and was wondering how to install it on my NixOS system by creating my own derivation.

This might be somewhat hard. I would start by trying steam-run.

There is an expression in GitHub - markuskowa/NixOS-QChem: Nix derivations for HPC/Quantum chemistry software packages by @markuskowa.

All that wrapping is of course slightly version dependent.

I asked a friend to give me the FHS environment expression we debugged together based on the code by others but tested to make a specific set of versions of Matlab and some other maths software work; here it is: 7c6f434c-configurations/matlab-fhs-env.nix at 7fe35d36308fcd9089413727aa31af35c9728521 · 7c6f434c/7c6f434c-configurations · GitHub (similar to steam-run solution, only without Steam)

(I was just in a Nixpkgs support role, so I do not know what exact version of Matlab was used)

I use the FHS environment also to run the Matlab installer. The FHS solution is not perfect but it gets the job done (I use it on a daily basis).

After lots of debugging, the FHS solution worked. Thank you so much!

After lots of debugging, the FHS solution worked. Thank you so much!

Maybe you could post your version of the environment definition, too?

1.5 years ago I also created an fhs env with a nix-shell and some scripts. It’s a bit quirky (especially the shell part) but it worked back then. Maybe it helps someone. In the nix shell I could install it without problems, and later I just started it with the `matlab`

script.

(Sorry for the late reply). I wrote an explanation of my process here, which has a link to the environment definition I used. The definition might have some extra packages here and there, but it works.