Why do I receive the error "WinZip self-extractor header corrupt" when trying to run the MATLAB installer?

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When attempting to run the MATLAB installer, I receive the following error:
WinZip Self-Extractor header corrupt. Possible cause: bad disk or file transfer error

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 3 Feb 2023
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 6 Feb 2023
First please confirm that you have write permissions in the directory where the installer is located. As a troubleshooting step, try moving the installer to a different folder, for example your Desktop, then run it again. On Windows, you can also try using right-click "Run as Administrator".
If the error persists, this could indicate that that the MATLAB installer was corrupted at some point before it was run. This can happen either during the download, or by other software on the computer once it has been downloaded. To obtain a working installer, please visit mathworks.com and download a new copy of the installer. If the issue persists after downloading the installer again, temporarily disable any security software on your machine which may be interfering with the download process.
If the steps above do not resolve the issue, try installing in safe mode or creating a directory on the C:\ drive and extracting it within that folder.  
If you still have issues, please contact us.

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More Answers (3)

Yucan Luo
Yucan Luo on 28 Oct 2021
I have the same problem, just put the installer (matlab_R2021a_win64.exe) in C:\ drive and it will be work!

Sowmya  K S
Sowmya K S on 13 Jun 2017
How to resolve WinZip self extractor header corrupt error when installing matlab 2017 trial

Haechan Hong
Haechan Hong on 1 Feb 2023
try executing the file while it is on a cloud drive. its installation process is pretty much the same whereever the file was.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Feb 2023
In theory, yes, but in practice there have been cases where executing from a cloud drive fails, especially OneDrive. OneDrive has turned out to be less reliable than some of the other major cloud drives (or possibly we just get more reports if it is used more?)

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