Supported Platform: Windows® only.
This example shows how to use MATLAB®
Compiler™ to generate a Microsoft®
Excel® add-in containing a custom function for use within Excel. The custom function
mymagic returns an n-by-n matrix
filled with positive integers with equal row and column sums. The target system does not
require a licensed copy of MATLAB to run the add-in.
Verify that you have met all of the MATLAB Compiler Excel target requirements. For details, see MATLAB Compiler for Microsoft Excel Add-In Prerequisites.
Verify that you have Microsoft Excel installed.
End users must have an installation of MATLAB Runtime to run the add-in. For details, see Install and Configure MATLAB Runtime (MATLAB Compiler SDK).
For testing purposes, you can use an installation of MATLAB instead of MATLAB Runtime.
In MATLAB, locate the MATLAB code that you want to deploy as an Excel add-in.
For this example, compile using the file
mymagic.m located in
function y = mymagic(x) y = magic(x)
At the MATLAB command prompt, enter
The output is a 5-by-5 square.
17 24 1 8 15 23 5 7 14 16 4 6 13 20 22 10 12 19 21 3 11 18 25 2 9
Package the function into an Excel add-in using the Library Compiler app. Alternatively, if you want to create an Excel add-in from the MATLAB command window using a programmatic approach, see Create Excel Add-in Using compiler.build.excelAddIn.
On the MATLAB Apps tab, on the far right of the Apps section, click the arrow. In Application Deployment, click Library Compiler. In the MATLAB Compiler project window, click Excel Add-in.
Alternately, you can open the Library Compiler app by
libraryCompiler at the MATLAB prompt.
In the Library Compiler app project window, specify the files of the MATLAB application that you want to deploy.
In the Exported Functions section of the toolstrip, click .
In the Add Files window, browse to the example folder, and select the function you want to package. Click Open.
The function is added to the list of exported function files. Repeat this step to package multiple files in the same application.
In the Packaging Options section of the toolstrip, decide whether to include the MATLAB Runtime installer in the generated application by selecting one of the options:
Runtime downloaded from web — Generate an installer that downloads the MATLAB Runtime and installs it along with the deployed MATLAB application. You can specify the file name of the installer.
Runtime included in package — Generate an application that includes the MATLAB Runtime installer. You can specify the file name of the installer.
The first time you select this option, you are prompted to download the MATLAB Runtime installer.
Verify that the function defined in
mymagic.m is mapped
Customize the packaged application and its appearance:
Library information — Editable information about the deployed application. The generated installer uses this information to populate the installed application metadata. See Customize the Installer.
Additional installer options — Edit the default installation path for the generated installer and selecting custom logo. See Change the Installation Path .
Files required for your library to run — Additional files required by the generated application to run. These files are included in the generated application installer. See Manage Required Files in Compiler Project.
Files installed for your end user — Files that are installed with your application.
Additional runtime settings — Platform-specific options for controlling the generated executable. See Additional Runtime Settings.
When you are finished selecting your packaging options, save your Library Compiler project and generate the packaged application.
In the Save Project dialog box, specify the location to save the project.
In the Package dialog box, verify that Open output folder when process completes is selected.
When the packaging process is complete, examine the generated output in the target folder.
Three folders are generated:
For more information about the files generated in these folders, see Files Generated After Packaging MATLAB Functions.
The log file
PackagingLog.html contains packaging
As an alternative to the Library Compiler app, you can create an Excel add-in using a programmatic approach. If you have already created an add-in using the Library Compiler, see Test the Add-In in Excel.
In MATLAB, locate the MATLAB code that you want to deploy as a standalone application. For this
example, compile using the file
mymagic.m located in
appFile = fullfile(matlabroot,'toolbox','matlabxl','examples','xlmagic','mymagic.m');
Build the Excel add-in using the
compiler.build.excelAddIn function. Use name-value arguments to
generate the BAS and XLA files.
To generate the XLA file, enable Trust access to the VBA project object model in Excel.
buildResults = compiler.build.excelAddIn(appFile, ... 'GenerateVisualBasicFile','on')
contains information on the build type, generated files, included support
packages, and build options.
The function generates the following files within a folder named
mymagicexcelAddIn in your current working directory:
The generated assembly does not include MATLAB Runtime or an installer. To create an installer using the
buildResults object, see
Specify additional options by using one or more comma-separated pairs of
name-value arguments in the
'AddInName' — Name of the generated add-in.
'AddInVersion' — System level version of the
'AdditionalFiles' — Paths to additional files to
include in the add-in.
'AutoDetectDataFiles' — Flag to automatically
include data files.
'ClassName' — Name of the class.
'DebugBuild' — Flag to enable debug
'EmbedArchive' — Flag to embed the deployable
archive in the generated add-in.
'GenerateVisualBasicFile' — Flag to generate a
Visual Basic® file (
.bas) and an Excel add-in file
'OutputDirectory' — Path to the output directory
that contains generated files.
'SupportPackages' — Method to include support
'Verbose' — Flag to display progress information
indicating compiler output during the build process.
For example, you can specify the add-in name and enable verbose output.
buildResults = compiler.build.excelAddIn(appFile,... 'GenerateVisualBasicFile','on', ... 'AddInName','MyMagicExcel','Verbose','On');
Open Microsoft Excel.
Click the File tab, click Options, and then click the Add-Ins category.
In the Manage box, click Excel Add-ins, and then click Go. The Add-Ins dialog box appears.
Click Browse and locate the add-in
You are prompted to copy
mymagic.xla to the
Addins folder associated with your user name. You can
choose to copy the add-in or run it directly. For this example, select,
YES. The add-in is copied and added to your
Click OK to close the Add-Ins dialog box
Select a grid of 3-by-3 cells in the Excel workbook.
Enter the following custom function in the formula bar:
myin the formula bar,
mymagicappears as a custom function in Excel.
Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter on the keyboard.
The selected cells display the following output:
8 1 6 3 5 7 4 9 2
To distribute your add-in to end users, see Distribute Add-Ins and Integrate Into Microsoft Excel.