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Create a single install file for your toolbox distribution.


Updated 2 Nov 2014

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You have a created a toolbox with a lot of MATLAB files and now you need a simple way to distribute this toolbox? With MAKEINSTALL you will be able to automatically create a single INSTALL.M file, which includes a simple installation routine and all the Matlab programmes needed for the toolbox. The install script will modify your system in order to use the toolbox instantly.
An illustration of the install script is available on
(-> installation).
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Makeinstall needs Matlab 7 or newer because it uses commands that are not available in previous versions.

However, the installer can be run even in Octave!

Starting with Release 2014b, MATLAB provides now a similar, build-in feature. Nevertheless, the makeinstall installer will be continued as it provides installers also for older MATLAB versions and comes with useful features (e.g., automatic version number inclusion).

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Norbert Marwan (2022). makeinstall (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2014b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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