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Why do I receive "License Manager Error -95"?

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I have trouble starting the license manager for MATLAB on MAC OS X, Linux, or any other computer using dynamic hostnames. I would like to know what the hostname should be in the SERVER line of my license.dat file. I receive the following errors when I try to manually start the license manager:
Thu Oct 10 09:48:06 EDT 2002 LM_LOGFILE (last 2 lines)
146 9:47:39 (lmgrd)
147 9:47:39 (lmgrd) Unknown host: akebono.local.
The log file on the server says:
  ERROR: 13:29:35 (lmgrd) Shutting down MLM 13:29:36 (lmgrd) Can't connect to license server. Shutdown MLM failed. 13:29:36 (lmgrd) Cannot find SERVER hostname in network database (-14,7) 13:29:36 (MLM) daemon shutdown requested - shutting down ~~ 9:35:08 (lmgrd) "akebono.local.": Not a valid server hostname, exiting. 9:35:08 (lmgrd) Valid server hosts are: "akebono.ssc.uwo.ca"

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 18 Jul 2016
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 18 Jul 2016
"License Manager Error -95" indicates that MATLAB cannot resolve the hostname of the computer that is running the license manager.
This issue can occur even if the license manager is running.
To verify that the license file contains a resolvable hostname, open the license file in a text editor. The license file location varies depending upon operating system and version:
 
Windows: C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R20***\licenses\network.lic
Linux: /usr/local/MATLAB/R20***/licenses/network.lic
macOS: /Applications/MATLAB_R20***.app/licenses/network.lic
In the license file will be a line that starts with the word SERVER followed by the hostname of the license server or the IP address of the license server. Generally this issue occurs when there is a hostname present and that name is not resolvable.
For local license managers, you may also see the term "this_host". This means that the license manager will use the current hostname. This hostname can be retrieved by running the command "hostname" from a terminal or command prompt.
To confirm that the hostname is resolvable: * Open command prompt or terminal * Run the following command (replace "hostname" with hostname of license server)
ping hostname
If the output of the command is "unknown host", MATLAB will not be able to connect to the license manager. You will need to change the hostname listed on the SERVER line of the license file, or use the IP address of the license server.
If the license manager is running locally, you can resolve this issue by making the hostname resolvable. To do so, you can modify the system's host file. Please check with your IT department before modifying your hosts file.
 
C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts (Windows)
/etc/hosts (Linux/Mac)
To make the hostname resolvable, add it to the loopback address line. Generally this line ends with the value localhost or localhost.localdomain. For example, you should see a line with the following:
 
127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain
or
::1 localhost localhost.localdomain
To make the local hostname resolvable, add it to the end of this line. For example:
127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain john-pc
Once added, if you restart the local license manager, you should be able to start MATLAB. If the license manager is not running locally contact your network administrator for assistance with ensuring that the license server machine is resolvable.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 27 Mar 2020
erbold baterdene were you able to find your network license file, and see which host name was configured there for the license server? Were you able to ping that host? Were you able to edit the hosts file to add an entry mapping the host name to its IP address?
Muhammad Ahmad
Muhammad Ahmad on 18 Oct 2020
i have change the host file but still same error please help..
Colin Fraser
Colin Fraser on 28 Oct 2020
@Muhammad Ahmad
If you are still experiencing this issue, please create a service request below.
-Colin Fraser

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junaid tariq
junaid tariq on 6 Oct 2018
Edited: Walter Roberson on 6 Oct 2018
My matlab app is not working giving errors related to server which is visible in the image.

Sandive Direckszes
Sandive Direckszes on 19 Apr 2020
Help I'm experiencing licensing error 95, 378 I did everything as the guide above but still no pls help

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 19 Apr 2020
were you able to find your network license file, and see which host name was configured there for the license server? Were you able to ping that host? Were you able to edit the hosts file to add an entry mapping the host name to its IP address?

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Veena Pani
Veena Pani on 25 Apr 2020
problem with activation

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Veena Pani
Veena Pani on 25 Apr 2020
getting error 95

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Colin Fraser
Colin Fraser on 29 Apr 2020
If you are still experiencing this issue, please create a service request below.
-Colin Fraser

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davut sevim
davut sevim on 28 Apr 2020
Edited: Walter Roberson on 28 Apr 2020
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 28 Apr 2020
Activation keys do not have anything to do with error 95; error 95 is only about host name resolution.

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UMMADI BRAMHAIAH
UMMADI BRAMHAIAH on 22 Jun 2020
sir i am student please provide matlab

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 22 Jun 2020
Only Mathworks and authorized Redistributors are authorized to provide MATLAB. If I were to give you access to my copy of MATLAB then I would lose my license.
Error 95 has to do with network license servers being run by your organization. You need to talk to the IT people at your organization about the problem.

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Mostafa Mahamoud
Mostafa Mahamoud on 29 Aug 2020
actvation the program please

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 29 Aug 2020
Please provide more information about the difficulty you are encountering.
Note: the volunteers who answer questions here do not have access to the Mathworks license database, so we cannot provide activation keys.

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