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Linking to a Result File

You can link a requirement to a test result file that is in Microsoft® Excel® format using the Outgoing Links Editor and the API. The verification status in the Requirements Editor reflects the test results. These illustrations follow the workflow for including external test results in the requirement verification status. For more information, see Include Results from External Sources in Verification Status.

Open Example Files

Open the Integrating Results from an External Result File example.

openExample(['slrequirements/' ...
Open the counter_req requirement set in the Requirements Editor. This requirement set has child requirements that have requirement IDs and descriptions.

The external test results are contained in an Excel file called results.xlsx. The verification status in Requirements Toolbox™ updates based on the values of the cells in the Excel sheet. A unique ID in the Test column identifies each result in the Status column. The Test and Status labels are contained in a header row.

Create and Register a Custom Link Type

Before creating the links to the external result file, first create and register a custom link type.

Open the template file at matlabroot/toolbox/slrequirements/linktype_examples/linktype_TEMPLATE.m. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a new MATLAB file.

  2. Copy the contents of linktype_TEMPLATE into the new file. Save the file as linktype_myexternalresults.m.

  3. In linktype_myexternalresults.m:

    1. Replace the function name linktype_TEMPLATE with linktype_myexternalresults.

    2. Set linkType.Label as 'Excel Results'.

    3. Set linkType.Extensions as {'.xlsx'}.

    4. Uncomment the command for GetResultFcn in order to use it in linktype_myexternalresults and enter:

      linktype.GetResultFcn = @GetResultFcn;
      function result = GetResultFcn(link)
          testID =;
          if testID(1) == '@'
              testID(1) = [];
          resultFile = link.destination.artifact;
          if ~isempty(resultFile) && isfile(resultFile)
              resultTable = readtable(resultFile);
              testRow = strcmp(resultTable.Test,testID);
              status = resultTable.Status(testRow);
              if status{1} == "passed"
                  result.status = slreq.verification.Status.Pass;
              elseif status{1} == "failed"
                  result.status = slreq.verification.Status.Fail;
                  result.status = slreq.verification.Status.Unknown;
              result.status = slreq.verification.Status.Unknown;
      For more information about GetResultFcn, see Links and Link Types.

  4. Save linktype_myexternalresults.m.

  5. Register the link type. At the command line, enter:

    rmi register linktype_myexternalresults


    If the command returns a warning, then you must unregister the link type and register it again. Unregister the link type by entering:

    rmi unregister linktype_myexternalresults

Create a Requirement Link

You can create a link from a requirement to a test result for a test case from the external result file to confirm the requirement. You can create the link by using the Outgoing Links Editor, or by using the Requirements Toolbox API.

Create a Link by Using the Outgoing Links Editor

Create the link from a requirement to the external results file by using the Outgoing Links Editor:

  1. Open the Requirements Editor and, in the counter_req.slreqx requirement set, right-click the child requirement 1.3 and select Open Outgoing Links dialog.

  2. In the Outgoing Links Editor dialog box, in the Requirements tab, click New.

  3. Enter these details to establish the link:

    • Description:resultcounterSetsValue

    • Document type: Excel Results

    • Document: results.xlsx

    • Location: counterSetsValue

  4. Click OK. The link is highlighted in the Links section of the Requirements Editor.

Create a Link by Using the API

Create the link from a requirement to the external results file by using the API:

  1. From the MATLAB® command prompt, enter: = 'counterSetsValue';
    externalSource.artifact = 'results.xlsx';
    externalSource.domain = 'linktype_myexternalresults';

  2. Open the requirement set and find the requirement related to the link:

    reqSet ='counter_req.slmx'); 
    requirement = find(reqSet, 'Type', 'Requirement', 'SID', 4);

  3. Create the link by entering:

    link = slreq.createLink(requirement, externalSource);
    This creates the link from the requirement with SID 4 to the result for the test case in the external result file called counterSetsValue. In the Requirements Editor, the link appears in the Links > Confirmed By section.

    The requirement has a link in the Requirements Editor.

View the Verification Status

Update the verification information for the counterSetsValue test case based on the Excel status log by updating the verification status for the requirement set.

You can update the verification status in the Requirements Editor by clicking Refresh . Ensure that Columns + > Verification Status is selected to view the verification status for entire requirement set.

The Requirements Editor shows the requirement set with 3 requirements and one is verified.

The verification status shows that one of the three requirements is verified.

You can also update the verification status and fetch the current status by entering the following at the MATLAB command prompt:

status = getVerificationStatus(reqSet)

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