how to test if toolbox exists?

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C Lira
C Lira on 3 May 2012
Commented: Farid on 16 Aug 2022
I am writings some code that I wish to distribute open source. Within my code, I'd like to check if the end-users have fsolve in their installation and if not, use fzero. I'd rather the end-user not get ugly messages about functions not existing, and beginners will be so confused about what to do to fix the error, or they will hate Matlab. Is there a way that this can be implemented easily?

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 3 May 2012
For example,
license('test', 'image_toolbox')

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 3 May 2012
Here's the code I use:
% Check that user has the Image Processing Toolbox installed.
hasIPT = license('test', 'image_toolbox');
if ~hasIPT
% User does not have the toolbox installed.
message = sprintf('Sorry, but you do not seem to have the Image Processing Toolbox.\nDo you want to try to continue anyway?');
reply = questdlg(message, 'Toolbox missing', 'Yes', 'No', 'Yes');
if strcmpi(reply, 'No')
% User said No, so exit.
You'll need to adapt it for any toolboxes that you want to check.

Geoff on 3 May 2012
Try this:
v = ver;
has_fsolve = any(strcmp(cellstr(char(v.Name)), 'Optimization Toolbox'));
Or more specifically:
has_fsolve = ~isempty(which('fsolve'));
Geoff on 4 May 2012
Oh, thanks =) I get a bit baffled sometimes when things look like the right type but return multiple answers. That's a much nicer syntax.

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Reza Ahmadzadeh
Reza Ahmadzadeh on 29 Jun 2015
You can use the existing function in FileExchange called isToolboxAvailable . The usage is as follows:
result = isToolboxAvailable('image processing toolbox','error');
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Kjartan Andersen
Kjartan Andersen on 27 Feb 2016
Not a good idea to have an external functionality to check for dependencies. What if the user doesn't have this tool?

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