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Generate a Python Package and Build a Python Application

Supported platform: Windows®, Linux®, Mac

This example shows how to use the Library Compiler app to create a Python® package that uses a MATLAB® function. You can then pass the generated package to the developer who is responsible for integrating it into an 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. Define the input variables as necessary for your application, 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. These files include:

    • Generated readme.txt

    • Generated executable for the target platform

    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™.

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 in for_redistribution_files_only folder. Before starting, make sure that you Install and Configure the MATLAB Runtime, and that you have Python installed.

  1. Copy and paste the generated Python driver code file from the for_redistribution_files_only\samples folder into the for_redistribution_files_only folder created when you created the shared library.

  2. Use the system command line to navigate to the for_redistribution_files_only folder, where you copied the generated sample Python driver code file.

  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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