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Generate a Python Package and Build a Python Application

Supported platforms: Windows®, Linux®, Mac

This example shows how to create a Python® package that uses a MATLAB® function. You can integrate the generated package into a Python application. This example also shows how to call the Python package from a Python application. The target system does not require a licensed copy of MATLAB.

Create Function in MATLAB

In MATLAB, examine the MATLAB code that you want packaged. For this example, write a function makesqr.m as follows:

function y = makesqr(x)

y = magic(x);

At the MATLAB command prompt, enter makesqr(5).

The output is:

    17    24     1     8    15
    23     5     7    14    16
     4     6    13    20    22
    10    12    19    21     3
    11    18    25     2     9

Create Python Application Using Library Compiler App

  1. On the MATLAB Apps tab, on the far right of the Apps section, click the arrow. In Application Deployment, click Library Compiler.

    Alternatively, you can open the Library Compiler app from the MATLAB command prompt by entering:


  2. In the Type section of the toolstrip, click Python Package.

    In the Library Compiler app project window, specify the files of the MATLAB application that you want to deploy.

    1. In the Exported Functions section of the toolstrip, click .

    2. In the Add Files window, browse to the example folder, and select the function you want to package. Click Open.

    The function is added to the list of exported function files. Repeat this step to package multiple files in the same application.

    For this example, select the makesqr.m file that you wrote earlier.

  3. In the Packaging Options section of the toolstrip, decide whether to include the MATLAB Runtime installer in the generated application by selecting one of the options:

    • Runtime downloaded from web — Generate an installer that downloads the MATLAB Runtime and installs it along with the deployed MATLAB application. You can specify the filename of the installer.

    • Runtime included in package — Generate an application that includes the MATLAB Runtime installer. You can specify the filename of the installer.


      The first time you select this option, you are prompted to download the MATLAB Runtime installer.

Specify Package Settings

  1. The Library Name field is automatically populated with makesqr as the name of the package. Rename it as MagicSquarePkg. For more information on naming requirements for the Python package, see Import Compiled Python Packages.

  2. Add MATLAB files to generate the sample Python driver files. Although Python driver files are not necessary to create packages, they are used to demonstrate how to Install and Run MATLAB Generated Python Application.

    In the Samples section, select Create New Sample, and click makesqr.m. A MATLAB file opens for you to edit.

    % Sample script to demonstrate execution of function y = makesqr(x)
    x = 0; % Initialize x here
    y = makesqr(x);
    Change x = 0 to x = 3, save the file, and return to the Library Compiler app. For more information and limitations, see Sample Driver File Creation.

Customize the Application and Its Appearance

You can customize the installer, customize your application, and add more information about the application as follows:

  • Library information — Information about the deployed application. You can also customize the appearance of the application by changing the application icon and splash screen. The generated installer uses this information to populate the installed application metadata. See Customize the Installer.

  • Additional installer options — Default installation path for the generated installer and custom logo selection. See Change the Installation Path.

  • Files required for your library to run — Additional files required by the generated application to run. These files are included in the generated application installer. See Manage Required Files in Compiler Project.

  • Files installed for your end user — Files that are installed with your application.

    See Specify Files to Install with Application

Package the Application

  1. To generate the packaged application, click Package.

    In the Save Project dialog box, specify the location to save the project.

  2. In the Package dialog box, verify that Open output folder when process completes is selected.

    When the packaging process is complete, examine the generated output.

    • Three folders are generated in the target folder location: for_redistribution, for_redistribution_files_only, and for_testing.

      For more information about the files generated in these folders, see Files Generated After Packaging MATLAB Functions.

    • PackagingLog.txt — Log file generated by MATLAB Compiler™.

Create Python Package Using


If you have already created a Python package using the Library Compiler app, you can skip this section. However, if you want to know how to create a Python package from the MATLAB command window using a programmatic approach, follow these instructions.

  1. Save the following code in a sample file named makesqrSample1.m:

    x = 3;
    a = makesqr(x);

  2. Build the Python package using the function and the makesqr.m file that you wrote earlier. Use name-value arguments to add a sample file and specify the package name.

    buildResults ='makesqr.m',...

    The object buildResults contains information on the build type, generated files, and build options.

  3. This syntax generates the following files within a folder named MagicSquarePkgpythonPackage in your current working directory:

    • samples\ — Python sample driver file.

    • GettingStarted.html — HTML file that contains information on integrating your package.

    • mccExcludedFiles.log — Log file that contains a list of any toolbox functions that were not included in the application. For information on non-supported functions, see MATLAB Compiler Limitations.

    • readme.txt — Text file that contains packaging and interface information.

    • requiredMCRProducts.txt — Text file that contains product IDs of products required by MATLAB Runtime to run the application.

    • — Python file that installs the package.

    • unresolvedSymbols.txt — Text file that contains information on unresolved symbols.


    The generated package does not include MATLAB Runtime or an installer.

  4. You can specify additional options in the command by using one or more of the following name-value arguments:

    • 'AdditionalFiles' — Path to additional files to include in the package.

    • 'AutoDetectDataFiles' — Flag to automatically include data files.

    • 'OutputDir' — Path to the output directory that contains generated files.

    • 'PackageName'— Name of the generated package.

    • 'SampleGenerationFiles'— MATLAB sample files used to generate sample Python package files. For more information, see Sample Driver File Creation.

    • 'Verbose'— Flag to display progress information indicating compiler output during the build process.

Install and Run MATLAB Generated Python Application

After creating your Python packages, you can call them from a Python application. The Python application that you create uses the sample Python driver code generated during packaging. The Python driver code calls the Python packages, and it is based on the sample MATLAB file you selected in previous setup steps.

These steps are also explained in the GettingStarted.html file. Before starting, make sure that you Install and Configure MATLAB Runtime, and that you have Python installed.

  1. Copy and paste the generated Python driver code file from the samples folder into the folder that contains the file.

  2. Use the system command line to navigate to the folder that contains the generated sample Python driver code file and

  3. Install the application using python at the system command prompt.

    python install
  4. From the system command prompt, run the application.



    On macOS, you must use the mwpython script. The mwpython script is located in the matlabroot/bin folder. matlabroot is the location of your MATLAB installation.

    For example, mwpython

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