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Number of bytes currently in output buffer


BytesToOutput indicates the number of bytes currently in the output buffer waiting to be written to the instrument. The property value is continuously updated as the output buffer is filled and emptied, and is set to 0 after the fopen function is issued.

You can make use of BytesToOutput only when writing data asynchronously. This is because when writing data synchronously, control is returned to the MATLAB® Command Window only after the output buffer is empty. Therefore, the BytesToOutput value is always 0. To learn how to write data asynchronously, Refer to Synchronous Versus Asynchronous Write Operations.

Use the ValuesSent property to return the total number of values written to the instrument.


If you attempt to write out more data than can fit in the output buffer, then an error is returned and BytesToOutput is 0. You specify the size of the output buffer with the OutputBufferSize property.



Any instrument object

Read only


Data type



The default value is 0.

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