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Pass argument by reference





coder.ref(arg) passes arg by reference to an external C/C++ function that you call by using coder.ceval. Use coder.ref inside a coder.ceval call only. The C/C++ function can read from or write to the variable passed by reference. Use a separate coder.ref construct for each argument that you pass by reference to the function.


Pass Scalar Variable by Reference

Pass a variable by reference to a C function that adds 1 to the variable.

Suppose that you have a C function addone.

void addone(double* p) {
  *p = *p + 1;

The C function prototype defines the input as a pointer because it is passed by reference.

Pass a variable by reference to addone.

u = 42;
coder.ceval('addone', coder.ref(u));

Pass Multiple Arguments by Reference

u = 1;
v = 2; 
y = coder.ceval('my_fcn', coder.ref(u), coder.ref(v));

Pass Class Property by Reference

x = myClass;
x.prop = 1;
coder.ceval('foo', coder.ref(x.prop));

Pass a Structure by Reference

To indicate that the structure type is defined in a C header file, use coder.cstructname.

Suppose that you have the C function incr_struct.

void incr_struct(struct MyStruct *my_struct)
  my_struct->f1 =  my_struct->f1 + 1;
  my_struct->f2 =  my_struct->f2 + 1;

Suppose that a C header file, MyStruct.h, defines a structure type named MyStruct.

typedef struct MyStruct
    double f1;
    double f2;
} MyStruct;

void incr_struct(struct MyStruct *my_struct);


In your MATLAB® function, pass a structure by reference to incr_struct. To indicate that the structure type for s has the name MyStruct that is defined in a C header file MyStruct.h, use coder.cstructname.

s = struct('f1', 1, 'f2', 2);
coder.cstructname(s, 'MyStruct', 'extern', 'HeaderFile', 'MyStruct.h');
coder.ceval('incr_struct', coder.ref(s));

Pass Structure Field by Reference

s = struct('s1', struct('a', [0 1]));
coder.ceval('foo', coder.ref(s.s1.a));

Input Arguments

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Argument to pass by reference to an external C/C++ function. The argument cannot be a class, a System object™, a cell array, or an index into a cell array.

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64 | logical | char | struct
Complex Number Support: Yes


  • You cannot pass these data types by reference:

    • Class or System object

    • Cell array or index into a cell array

  • If a property has a setter or getter method, you cannot pass the property by reference because you cannot access the address of the property. Only the getter or setter method can directly read from or write to this property.


  • When you pass a structure by reference to an external C/C++ function, use coder.cstructname to provide the name of a C structure type that is defined in a C header file.

  • In MATLAB, coder.ref results in an error. To parameterize your MATLAB code so that it can run in MATLAB and in generated code, use

  • You can use coder.opaque to declare variables that you pass to and from an external C/C++ function.

Introduced in R2011a

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