What is use of C Programming in MATLAB

In this post we are going to know what is the use of C Programming in MATLAB. At first we must know what is MATLAB and after that we see the usage of C programming in MATLAB.


MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation. Typical uses include:

  • Math and computation
  • Algorithm development
  • Modeling, simulation, and prototyping
  • Data analysis, exploration, and visualization
  • Scientific and engineering graphics
  • Application development, including Graphical User Interface building

MATLAB is an interactive system whose basic data element is an array that does not require dimensioning. This allows you to solve many technical computing problems, especially those with matrix and vector formulations, in a fraction of the time it would take to write a program in a scalar noninteractive language such as C or Fortran.

MATLAB can be used with C and C++ in a variety of ways. The two environments can be used together for signal processing design, including for calling MATLAB from C or C++, using MATLAB code directly in C, or using C code directly in MATLAB.

Using MATLAB Code Directly in C or C++

It is often necessary to integrate code developed in MATLAB directly into a C or C++ project. There are a number of ways in which to export your algorithm or design from MATLAB into a C development environment.

Create ANSI C Code Using MATLAB Coder

MATLAB Coder™ is an add-on product that allows you to generate portable and readable C or C++ code from your MATLAB code. This code can then be integrated directly into Microsoft Visual Studio or any other C/C++ development environment.

Create Shareable Libraries or Executables Using MATLAB Compiler

As with MATLAB Coder, MATLAB Compiler and MATLAB Compiler SDK are add-on products that enable software engineers to distribute their MATLAB based IP. While MATLAB Coder allows full access to the readable ANSI C code, MATLAB Compiler allows for the creation of standalone executables (.exe), and MATLAB Compiler SDK allows for the distribution of shared libraries (.dll).

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