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Making a splash Screen for my Gui program

Asked by Mikkel
on 14 Apr 2013
Latest activity Commented on by Douglas Anderson on 25 Aug 2015


I've just finished my gui program and of course I run into a new problem. When I want to start my Gui program it takes about 30 seconds for it to start up. I have to go to my Task Manager to see what's going on.

What I want to do is make a splash screen like the one matlab has, same picture and everything. But I'm very confused. Do I make a new gui with the small picture and then what do I compile it with? Because if I use the Windows Standalone Compiler then the picture will also take 30 seconds to open, or what? And that doesn't solve my problem but only moves it into a new gui.

I would like a dummy script where I can see what is going on, and what I need to do?

I don't understand if the splash screen has the other gui inside of it, or you just make a short-cut where you press the splash screen and when the other gui starts up the splash screen closes.

As you can see I'm totally new to this concept, so I really need some help.



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4 Answers

Answer by per isakson
on 14 Apr 2013

A link to Undocumented Matlab: Splash window for deployed applications


on 15 Apr 2013

Yeah thanks, have been looking at that for a while now, but still cant make that splash screen. Because if you make a short-cut where can you put that line that doesn't give you an error?

I've tried to make a notepad that I then afterwards change to a program. But that doesn't work.

I cannot contribute much besides that link. However, the fact that the post exists at Undocumented Matlab and offers a special app, Splash, indicates that the task isn't trivial. (Given that the MCR load time is an important part of the total loading time.)


  • Isn't it possible to make a wrapper in a different language that shows a splash screen and starts your Matlab program?
  • Any Matlab based solution will be unreponsive while the MCR loads.

Answer by Adam Filion
on 15 Apr 2013

Search for 'splash screen' on the MATLAB File Exchange, there are a number of entries that can do this for you.


Answer by Jia Tsing Ng
on 6 Jun 2014
Edited by Jia Tsing Ng
on 6 Jun 2014

Tried a few solutions people have posted, and I find this to work brilliantly!

Took me awhile to find it, so I'm now posting it here!

Extremely grateful for their effort, and since it's a VB wrapper, changing icons etc are all possible!

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FYI -- This link is dead as of 8/25/15.


Answer by Sean de Wolski
on 6 Jun 2014

In R2014a, you can select a custom splashscreen icon in the application compiler app:

It will show before the 30s MCR spooling starts.


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