Standalone Applications and Arguments
You can create a standalone to run the application without passing or retrieving any arguments to or from it.
However, arguments can be passed to standalone applications created using MATLAB® Compiler™ in the same way that input arguments are passed to any console-based application.
The following are example commands used to execute an application called
filename from Windows® or Linux® command prompt with different types of input arguments.
Pass File Names, Numbers or Letters, Matrices, and MATLAB Variables
|To Pass....||Use This Syntax....||Notes|
|A file named |
|Numbers or letters||Do not use commas or other separators between the numbers and letters you pass.|
|Matrices as input||Place double quotes around input arguments to denote a blank space.|
for k=1:10 cmd = ['filename ',num2str(k)]; system(cmd); end
|To pass a MATLAB variable to a program as input, you must first convert it to a character vector.|
Run Standalone Applications that Use Arguments
You call a standalone application that uses arguments from MATLAB with any of the following commands:
To pass the contents of a MATLAB variable to the program as an input, the variable must first be converted to a character vector. For example:
Using SYSTEM, DOS, or UNIX
Specify the entire command to run the application as a character vector (including input
arguments). For example, passing the numbers and letters
1 2 3 a b c could
be executed using the
SYSTEM command, as
system('filename 1 2 3 a b c')
Using the ! (Bang) Operator
You can also use the
! (bang) operator, from within MATLAB, as follows:
!filename 1 2 3 a b c
When you use the
! (bang) operator, the remainder of the input line
is interpreted as the
SYSTEM command, so it is not possible to use
Using a Windows System
To run a standalone application by double-clicking it, you create a batch file that calls the standalone application with the specified input arguments. For example:
rem This is main.bat file which calls rem filename.exe with input parameters filename "[1 2 3]" "[4 5 6]" @echo off pause
The last two lines of code in
main.bat are added so that the window
displaying your output stays open until you press a key.
Once you save this file, you run your code with the arguments specified above by double
clicking the icon for
Using a MATLAB File You Plan to Deploy
When running MATLAB files that use arguments that you also plan to deploy with MATLAB Compiler, keep the following in mind:
The input arguments you pass to your executable from a system prompt are received as character vector input. Thus, if you expect the data in a different format (for example, double), you must first convert the character vector input to the required format in your MATLAB code. For example, you can use
STR2NUMto convert the character vector input to numerical data.
You cannot return values from your standalone application to the user. The only way to return values from compiled code is to either display it on the screen or store it in a file.
In order to have data displayed back to the screen, do one of the following:
Do not use semicolons to suppress commands that yield your return data.
DISPcommand to display the variable value, then redirect the output to other applications using redirects (the
>operator) or pipes (
||) on non-Windows systems.
Taking Input Arguments and Displaying to a Screen Using a MATLAB File. Here are two ways to use a MATLAB file to take input arguments and display data to the screen: