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getHWnd - retrieve the underlying Windows handle for Matlab figure(s)

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getHWnd - retrieve the underlying Windows handle for Matlab figure(s)


Yair Altman (view profile)


07 Oct 2007 (Updated )

Enable C++ GUI integration by retrieving the HWnd handle of matlab figure(s)

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hWnd = gethwnd(hFig)

HWnd = GETHWND retrieves the current figure (gcf)'s underlying Windows handle, thus enabling integration of Matlab GUI in C/C++/C# programs.

HWnd = GETHWND(hFig) retrieves a specific figure's underlying Windows handle. hFig is a Matlab handle, or a list of handles (not necessarily figure handle(s) - the handles' containing figure is used).

Windows-only (duh!); Java must be enabled

This code heavily relies on undocumented and unsupported Matlab functionality. It works on Matlab 7+, but use at your own risk!

Bugs and suggestions:
Please send to Yair Altman (altmany at gmail dot com)


Get J Frame Retrieves A Figure's Underlying Java Frame inspired this file.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.4 (R2007a)
Other requirements Windows-only (duh!); Java should be enabled
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13 Apr 2011 Pablo Tacconi


Is it possible to interact with a Window Handle (HWnd) directly from Matlab.
get(HWnd) does not return anything, as Matlab is not recognizing HWnd as an object.

This would be very useful in several cases like when trying to control an external application using the COM interfaces. A good case is controlling the Google Earth Window (see


13 Oct 2011 1.1

Fix for R2011b

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