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Integrate a C/C++ Shared Library into an Application

This example shows how to call a C++ shared library built with MATLAB® Compiler SDK™ from a C++ application.

  1. Create a C/C++ shared library using a MATLAB function. For more information, see Create a C/C++ Shared Library with MATLAB Code.

  2. Navigate to the for_testing folder created when you generated the C/C++ shared library.

  3. Create a new file called addmatrix_app.cpp.

  4. Copy the following C++ code into the file and save it. This is the application that calls the C/C++ shared library.

    // Include the C++ shared library header 
    #include "addmatrix.h"
    int run_main(int argc, char **argv)
      // Set up the application state for the MATLAB Runtime instance created in the application.
      if (!mclInitializeApplication(NULL,0)) 
          std::cerr << "could not initialize the application properly"
                    << std::endl;
        	  return -1;
      // Load the required MATLAB code into the MATLAB Runtime.
      if( !addmatrixInitialize() )
          std::cerr << "could not initialize the library properly"
                    << std::endl;
    	     return -1;
          // Create input data
          double data[] = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9};
          mwArray in1(3, 3, mxDOUBLE_CLASS, mxREAL);
          mwArray in2(3, 3, mxDOUBLE_CLASS, mxREAL);
          in1.SetData(data, 9);
          in2.SetData(data, 9);
          // Create output array
          mwArray out;
          // Call the library function
          addmatrix(1, out, in1, in2);
          std::cout << "The value of added matrix is:" << std::endl;
          std::cout << out << std::endl;
      // Catch the MATLAB generated mwException
      catch (const mwException& e)
          std::cerr << e.what() << std::endl;
          return -2;
      // Catch any other exceptions that may be thrown
      catch (...)
          std::cerr << "Unexpected error thrown" << std::endl;
          return -3;
      // Release the resources used by the generated MATLAB code
      // Release all state and resources used by the MATLAB Runtime for the application
      return 0;
    int main()
      // Initialize the MATLAB Runtime
      // Create a new thread and run the MATLAB generated code in it.
      return mclRunMain((mclMainFcnType)run_main,0,NULL);
  5. Use the system's command line to navigate to the for_testing folder where you created addmatrix_app.cpp.

  6. Use mbuild at the system's command line to compile and link the application.

    mbuild addmatrix_app.cpp addmatrix.lib

    The .lib extension is for Windows®. On Mac the file extension will be .dylib, and on Linux® it will be .so.

  7. From the system's command prompt, run the application.

    The value of added matrix is:
         2     8    14
         4    10    16
         6    12    18

To follow up on this example:

  • Try installing the new application on a different computer.

  • Try building an installer for the application.

  • Try integrating a shared library that consists of more than one function.

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