# Installation and Quickstart¶

## Choose an installation method¶

You can choose to download a pre-compiled version of Drake, or to build it from source. The pre-compiled versions are much easier to use, but the source version is easier to update and will make it easier for you to contribute your fixes/improvements.

## Optional: Installing MATLAB¶

Drake is transitioning from being primarily a MATLAB-based toolbox to a C++ toolbox. To use the MATLAB interface, we require

• MATLAB R2012a or later

Many of the features also use

• Control System Toolbox
• Curve Fitting Toolbox
• Image Processing Toolbox
• Optimization Toolbox
• Simulink
• Simulink 3D Animation
• Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
• System Identification Toolbox

You can check your current MATLAB installation using MATLAB’s ver command.