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Logic Analyzer

Visualize, measure, and analyze transitions and states over time


The Logic Analyzer is a tool for visualizing and inspecting signals and states in your Simulink® model. Using the Logic Analyzer, you can:

  • Debug and analyze models

  • Trace and correlate many signals simultaneously

  • Detect and analyze timing violations

  • Trace system execution

  • Detect signal changes using triggers

For keyboard shortcuts, click More.

Keyboard Shortcuts

ActionsDescriptionApplicable When
Ctrl+XCutWave is selected
Ctrl+CCopyWave is selected
Ctrl+VPasteWave is selected
DeleteDeleteWave is selected
Ctrl+-Zoom outAlways
Shift+Ctrl+-Zoom out around active cursorAlways
Ctrl++Zoom inAlways
Shift+Ctrl++Zoom out around active cursorAlways
Shift+Ctrl+CMove display to active cursorWhen cursor is not in the display range
SpaceZoom out fullAlways
Tab, Right ArrowNext transitionDigital format wave is selected
Shift+Tab, Left ArrowPrevious transitionDigital format wave is selected
Ctrl+ASelect all wavesAlways
Up ArrowSelect wave above selectedWave is selected
Down ArrowSelect wave below selectionWave is selected
Ctrl+Up ArrowMove selected waves upWave is selected
Ctrl+Down ArrowMove selected waves downWave is selected
EscapeUnselect all signalsWave is selected
Page UpScroll upAlways
Page DownScroll downAlways
Logic Analyzer app

Open the Logic Analyzer App

On the Simulation tab in the Simulink Editor menu, click the Logic Analyzer app button. If the button is not displayed, expand the Review Results gallery and you will find the Logic Analyzer app under Signal Logging Results. Your most recent choice for data visualization is saved across Simulink sessions.

To visualize referenced models, you must open the Logic Analyzer from the referenced model. You should see the name of the referenced model in the Logic Analyzer toolbar.


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The Logic Analyzer supports several methods for selecting data to visualize.

  • Select a signal in your model. When you select a signal, an ellipsis appears above the signal line. Hover over the ellipsis to view options and then select the Enable Data Logging option.

  • Right-click a signal in your model to open an options dialog box. Select the Log Selected Signals option.

  • Use any method to select multiple signal lines in your model. For example, use Shift+click to select multiple lines individually or CTRL+A to select all lines at once. Then, on the Signal tab, select the Log Signals button.

    Log signals button

To visualize data in the Logic Analyzer, you must enable signal logging for the model. (Logging is on by default.) To enable signal logging, open Model Settings from the toolstrip, navigate to the Data Import/Export pane, and select Signal logging.

When you open the Logic Analyzer, all signals marked for logging are listed. You can add and delete waves from your Logic Analyzer while it is open. Adding and deleting signals does not disable logging, only removes the signal from the Logic Analyzer.

Open the Logic Analyzer and select a wave by double-clicking the wave name. Then from the Wave tab, set parameters specific to the individual wave you selected. Any setting made on individual signals supersedes the global setting. To return individual wave parameters to the global settings, click Reset.

  1. Open the Logic Analyzer and select a wave by clicking the wave name.

  2. From the Logic Analyzer toolstrip, click . The wave is removed from the Logic Analyzer.

  3. To restore the wave, from the Logic Analyzer toolstrip, click .

    A divider named Restored Waves is added to the bottom of your channels, with all deleted waves placed below it.

  1. Open the Logic Analyzer and select the Trigger tab.

  2. To attach a signal to the trigger, select Attach Signals, then select the signal you want to trigger on. You can attach up to 20 signals to the trigger. Each signal can have only one triggering condition.

  3. By default, the trigger looks for rising edges in the attached signals. You can set the trigger to look for rising or falling edges, bit sequences, or a comparison value. To change the triggering conditions, select Set Conditions.

    If you add multiple signals to the trigger, control the trigger logic using the Operator option:

    • AND - match all conditions.

    • OR - match any condition.

  4. To control how many samples you see before triggering, set the Display Samples option. For example, if you set this option to 500, the Logic Analyzer tries to give you 500 samples before the trigger. Depending on the simulation, the Logic Analyzer may show more or fewer than 500 samples before the trigger. However, if the trigger is found before the 500th sample, the Logic Analyzer still shows the trigger.

  5. Control the trigger mode using Display Mode.

    • Once - The Logic Analyzer marks only the first location matching the trigger conditions and stops showing updates to the Logic Analyzer. If you want to reset the trigger, select Rearm Trigger. Relative to the current simulation time, the Logic Analyzer shows the next matching trigger event.

    • Auto - The Logic Analyzer marks every location matching the trigger conditions.

  6. Before running the simulation, select Enable Trigger. A blue cursor appears as time 0. Then, run the simulation. When a trigger is found, the Logic Analyzer marks the location with a locked blue cursor.

The Logic Analyzer can stream only a single instance of a multi-instance Model block. If the same model is opened across different windows, those models will share the same Logic Analyzer. This example shows how to select an instance of a multi-instance Model block for logging on the Logic Analyzer.

Open the multipleModelInstances model.


The model contains three instances of the referencedModel model.

Double-click any of the Model blocks to open the model referenced by all three Model blocks.


In the referenced model, open Logic Analyzer by expanding Review Results gallery under Simulation tab in the Simulink Editor menu. You should see referencedModel - [multipleModelInstances] in the toolbar of Logic Analyzer.

From the Logic Analyzer window, run the model. By running the simulation from a referenced version of referencedModel, Simulink runs the top model (multipleModelInstances) and referenced models (referencedModel). The Logic Analyzer displays a single instance of a multi-instance Model block.

When you run a simulation, the logic analyzer runs the model listed in the Logic Analyzer toolbar. If this model is a referenced model, the toolbar also lists the top model and you will see results from running the top model. To view results from the referenced model in isolation, you must open the referenced model as a top model.

To switch between instances, expand the Prepare gallery from the Simulation tab in the Simulink Editor menu. Select Normal Mode Visibility under Signal Monitoring to open Model Block Normal Mode Visibility. Expand multipleModelInstances, select Model Instance 3 and click OK.

Run the multipleModelInstances model again. The Logic Analyzer displays Model Instance 3 data.

The Logic Analyzer enables you to bit-expand fixed-point and integer waves.

  1. In the Logic Analyzer, click the arrow next to a fixed-point or integer wave to view the bits.

    The least significant bit and the most significant bit are marked with lsb and msb next to the wave names.

  2. Click Settings, and then select Display Least Significant bit first to reverse the order of the displayed bits.

  1. Open the Programmable FIR Filter model (dspprogfirhdl).

  2. Open the Logic Analyzer and select the Trigger tab.

  3. To add a trigger, in the toolstrip, select Attach Signals and attach the write enable Write En signal. An icon appears in front of the signal name to indicate it is attached to a trigger. The icon changes depending on the type of trigger.

  4. Select Set Conditions and change the trigger condition for the Write En signal to Falling Edge. The trigger will show when the write enable signal was sent.

  5. Attach the Write Done signal to the trigger. Keep the trigger condition for this signal as the default, Rising Edge. Now, the trigger will also show when the write was completed.

    If you open the Set Conditions drop down, you see an Operator field. This field appears when multiple signals are attached to the trigger. Change the operator to OR so that the trigger will show instances where a write was started or completed.

  6. Set the Display Mode to Auto. With this setting, the Logic Analyzer marks all locations where the trigger conditions are met.

  7. Select Enable Trigger and run the simulation.

    Each time the trigger conditions are met, the Logic Analyzer marks the time with a locked blue cursor. At each marked location, Write En is 0 and Write Done is 1. If you examine each location marked by a trigger, you can verify that each time a write is sent, it is also completed.

Related Examples


Logging Settings

Input Signal Limitations

  • Signals marked for logging for the Logic Analyzer must have fewer than 8000 samples per simulation step.

  • The Logic Analyzer does not support frame-based processing.

  • For 64-bit integers and fixed-point numbers greater than 53 bits, if the numbers are greater than the maximum value of double precision, the transitions between numbers might not display correctly.

  • You may see performance degradation in the Logic Analyzer for large matrices (greater than 500 elements) and buses with more than 1000 signals.

  • The Logic Analyzer app does not support Stateflow® data output.

  • The Logic Analyzer app does not display any waveform for Inf and NaN values.

Graphical Settings

  • While the simulation is running, you cannot zoom, pan, or modify the trigger.

  • To visualize constant signals, in the settings, you must set the Format to Digital. Constants marked for logging are visualized as a continuous transition.

ModeSupportedNotes and Limitations






You cannot use the Logic Analyzer to visualize signals in Model (Simulink) blocks with Simulation mode set to Accelerator.

Rapid Accelerator


Data is not available in the Logic Analyzer during simulation.

If you simulate a model with the simulation mode set to rapid accelerator, after simulation the following signals cannot be visualized in the Logic Analyzer:

  • Multi-instance model reference signals

  • Nonvirtual bus signals

Processor-in-the-loop (PIL)



Software-in-the-loop (SIL)






For more information about these modes, see How Acceleration Modes Work (Simulink).

Version History

Introduced in R2016b

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