Standalone Applications

Create standalone applications from MATLAB® functions

Create a standalone application if you want to run MATLAB code on target machines that do not have MATLAB installed. Compile the MATLAB code by using the Application Compiler app or by running the mcc command.

To run standalone applications, install the MATLAB Runtime. For more information, see Install and Configure the MATLAB Runtime. Standalone applications run on Windows®, Linux®, and macOS.


Application CompilerPackage MATLAB programs for deployment as standalone applications


applicationCompilerBuild and package functions into standalone applications
mccCompile MATLAB functions for deployment
deploytoolCompile and package functions for external deployment
compiler.package.installerCreate an installer for files generated by the mcc command
compiler.package.InstallerOptionsCreate an installer options object
isdeployedDetermine whether code is running in deployed or MATLAB mode
ismccTest if code is running during compilation process (using mcc)
ctfrootLocation of files related to deployed application
mcrversionDetermine version of installed MATLAB Runtime
%#functionPragma to help MATLAB Compiler locate functions called through feval, eval, Handle Graphics callback, or objects loaded from MAT-files
%#excludeIgnore a file or function dependency during dependency analysis while executing the mcc command

Examples and How To

Create Standalone Applications

Create Standalone Application from MATLAB

Workflow to create and run a standalone MATLAB application.

Create Standalone Application from Command Line

Using the command-line compiler to create standalone applications.

Customize Applications

Customize an Application

How to customize the look and feel of the installer generated by the compiler app.

Manage Support Packages

Including support packages when packaging MATLAB applications.

Run Applications Using a Network Installation of MATLAB Runtime (Windows Only)

Describes the steps you must follow to run applications using a network install of MATLAB Runtime

MATLAB Data Files in Compiled Applications

Using MATLAB data files in compiled applications

Parallel Computing

Use Parallel Computing Toolbox in Deployed Applications

Explains the additional steps required to deploy code that uses the Parallel Computing Toolbox™

Mac OS X

Integrate Application with Mac OS X Finder

Mac graphical applications, opened through the Mac OS X finder utility, require additional configuration if MATLAB software or the MATLAB Runtime are not installed in default locations.


Functions Not Supported for Compilation by MATLAB Compiler and MATLAB Compiler SDK

Functions not able to be compiled with MATLAB Compiler™ or MATLAB Compiler SDK™

Write Deployable MATLAB Code

Writing MATLAB code that can be packaged and deployed.

Standalone Applications and Arguments

How to pass arguments to standalone applications and run applications that use arguments

Calling Shared Libraries in Deployed Applications

The loadlibrary function in MATLAB allows you to load shared library into MATLAB.

Dependency Analysis

Basics about the dependency analysis function

Dependency Analysis Function and User Interaction with the Compilation Path

MATLAB Compiler uses the MATLAB search path to analyze dependencies.

MEX-Files, DLLs, or Shared Libraries

How the dependency function handles MEX-files, DLLs, and shared libraries



Limitations and restrictions regarding what can be compiled

Testing Failures

After you have successfully compiled your application, the next step is to test it on a development machine and deploy it on a target machine.

Investigate Deployed Application Failures

Process to determine application failure at the end-user

Problems Setting MATLAB Runtime Paths

Issues related to setting the MATLAB Runtime path