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Deploytool error while building

Asked by Kamuran
on 19 Nov 2012


I am trying to create an exe file from my matlab code that will be used in a computer that does not have matlab installed. For that I use deploytool GUI. I click Windows standalone application. I add my main file and click build but I get and error message

Run mbuild -setup to specify the default compiler options file.

I go to settings -> Advanced

there External complier settings section , External C/C++ Complier section is red and has a message on " Run mbuild -setup to specify the default compiler options file. "

However, I do not have any C++ or C files in my code just Matlab code. Any idea what is the problem?

I also have one more problem, when I start deploytool it gives me 4 options

  • Windows Standalone applications
  • Console applications
  • C shared library
  • C++ shared library

but the person that I am going to send the exe file uses Mac and linux so how can I make my exe file compatible with those OS.

ps: I am following this video eventhough my Matlab is 2010a.;jsessionid=c5bb61a4fc9bc858ab74ad47c5b2

Thank you


2 Answers

Answer by Kaustubha Govind
on 19 Nov 2012
Edited by Kaustubha Govind
on 19 Nov 2012
 Accepted answer

  1. You need to install and setup a C/C++ compiler because MATLAB Compiler generates C files that call into MATLAB runtime libraries, that need a C compiler to generate a .exe file.
  2. To create an executable compatible with Linux/Mac, you need to use MATLAB Compiler on those platforms. You should be able to talk to MathWorks Installation/Licensing support to get Linux and Mac installations tied to the same license number that you're using on Windows.


Answer by Kamuran
on 19 Nov 2012

Thank you for your fast response. Do you have any suggestion for a free C/C++ compiler ? I am completely blank when it comes to C/C++.

And what you mean by set-up ? Do I need to link Matlab and that compiler?

  1 Comment

You need to first install a supported compiler (look for your MATLAB release number and platform and make sure that the compiler you pick has a check under the "MATLAB Compiler" column) and then run "mbuild -setup" - this utility should pick up the support compiled automatically, if installed correctly.

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