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Appropriate Tasks for MATLAB Compiler Products

While MATLAB® Compiler™ and MATLAB Compiler SDK™ let you run your MATLAB application outside the MATLAB environment, they are not appropriate for all external tasks you may want to perform. Some tasks require other products or MATLAB external interfaces. Use the following table to determine which product is appropriate to your needs.

TaskMATLAB CompilerMATLAB Compiler SDKMATLAB Coder™Simulink®HDL Coder™MATLAB External Interfaces
Package MATLAB applications for deployment to users who do not have MATLAB    
Package MATLAB programs as standalone applications, web apps, Microsoft® Excel® Add-ins, and MapReduce or Spark™ big data applications     
Package MATLAB programs as C/C++ shared libraries, .NET assemblies, Java® classes, Python® packages, COM components, and Docker® container-based microservices     
Generate readable and portable C/C++ code from MATLAB code     
Generate MEX functions from MATLAB code for code verification and acceleration.     
Integrate MATLAB code into Simulink     
Generate hardware description language (HDL) from MATLAB code     
Integrate custom C code into MATLAB with MEX files     
Call MATLAB from C and Fortran programs     
TaskMATLAB CompilerMATLAB Compiler SDKMATLAB CoderSimulinkHDL CoderMATLAB External Interfaces


Components generated by MATLAB Compiler and MATLAB Compiler SDK cannot be used in the MATLAB environment.