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Class File Organization

Class syntax, attributes, and organization in files and folders

Specify class attributes in the class definition block and organize class files and folders using packages. Learn how MATLAB® evaluates expressions used in class definitions. Create aliases to rename classes while maintaining backward compatibility.


classClass of object
classdefClass definition keywords
isobjectDetermine if input is MATLAB object
importAdd package, class, or functions to current import list


matlab.alias.AliasFileManagerCreate and manage class alias definitions


Defining Classes

User-Defined Classes

MATLAB enables you to define classes to implement object-oriented designs.

Class Attributes

Class attributes enable you to modify the behavior of classes that you define.

Class and Package Folders

Folders Containing Class Definitions

Define special folders for class files to contain multiple files for class definitions.

Packages Create Namespaces

Use packages to organize classes into separate namespaces.

Class Precedence

Specify a relative precedence among user-defined classes.

Import Classes

Import classes into functions to simplify name references.

Expressions in Classes

Evaluation of Expressions in Class Definitions

You can use MATLAB expressions to define values for attributes and properties.

Class Aliasing

Creating and Managing Class Aliases

Rename existing classes while maintaining backward compatibility.