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Sara Kadam
Sara Kadam on 8 Apr 2024
Commented: Hassaan on 11 Apr 2024
Execution of script imread as a function is not supported:
E:\Downloads\Matlab\toolbox\matlab\imagesci\imread.m
This is the error I get everytime I try to run any code which previously used to work just fine. I have tried every internet solution.
Please help.

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Hassaan
Hassaan on 8 Apr 2024
This problem can arise due to several reasons, including path conflicts, shadowing issues, or a corrupted MATLAB installation. Here's how you can try to troubleshoot the issue:
1. Check for Shadowing or Path Issues
The error could be due to a custom script or function named imread.m that's shadowing the built-in imread function. MATLAB might be accessing the wrong file instead of the intended function in the Image Processing Toolbox.
Use the which command to check which imread MATLAB is calling:
which imread -all
This command will list all the imread functions MATLAB can see, in the order they're found on the path. Ensure that the first one listed is from the MATLAB toolbox directory and not from another folder, especially not from E:\Downloads\Matlab.
If a custom or downloaded imread.m is shadowing the built-in one, consider renaming it, moving it to another folder, or removing its folder from the MATLAB path.
2. Restore the MATLAB Path to Default
A corrupted or heavily modified MATLAB path might cause this issue. Restoring the default path can help:
Use the restoredefaultpath function to reset your MATLAB path to the installation defaults:
restoredefaultpath; rehash toolboxcache; savepath;
After restoring the default path, restart MATLAB and try using imread again.
3. Reinstall the Image Processing Toolbox
If the imread function from the Image Processing Toolbox is missing or corrupted, reinstalling the toolbox might be necessary.
You can reinstall toolboxes from the MATLAB Add-On Manager or by rerunning the MATLAB installer and selecting the Image Processing Toolbox for installation.
4. Check for Corrupted MATLAB Installation
If none of the above solutions work, your MATLAB installation itself might be corrupted.
Consider reinstalling MATLAB. Ensure you have your MATLAB license information handy, and ideally, download the latest installation files from the MathWorks website.
5. Contact MathWorks Support
If after trying these steps, you're still facing the issue, it might be something more complex or specific to your MATLAB installation or system configuration.
It's a good idea to contact MathWorks technical support. They can provide more targeted troubleshooting steps and help resolve the issue.
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Sara Kadam
Sara Kadam on 10 Apr 2024
Thank you Hassaan, turns out the MATALB version was corrupted. I reinstalled it and it's working fine now.
Hassaan
Hassaan on 11 Apr 2024
You are welcome.

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