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Configure and display signal properties

Signals transmit data between two blocks in a simulation. The data could be the calculated output of a block, or simply a message. The value of signals are calculated at all points during the simulation time. You can display the signal data and properties during and after simulation, see the real-time values on a block diagram, or you can log the values as variables in the workspace. Also, you can export the signals to a file or to a workspace to investigate further.

You can control the mathematical behavior of a model by specifying signal characteristics such as numeric data type, initial value, and value range.


Signal SpecificationSpecify desired dimensions, sample time, data type, numeric type, and other attributes of signal
Bus to VectorConvert virtual bus to vector
ICSet initial value of signal
ProbeOutput signal attributes, including width, dimensionality, sample time, and complex signal flag
Rate TransitionHandle transfer of data between blocks operating at different rates
Signal EditorDisplay, create, edit, and switch interchangeable scenarios
Signal ConversionConvert signal to new type without altering signal values
Weighted Sample TimeSupport calculations involving sample time
WidthOutput width of input vector


disableimplicitsignalresolutionConvert model to use only explicit signal resolution
signalBuilderToSignalEditorImport signal data and properties from Signal Builder block to Signal Editor block
signalEditorStart Signal Editor
Simulink.SignalSpecify instance-specific properties of signal or discrete state
Simulink.ValueTypeSpecify properties of signals based on application-specific value types
sltraceTrace signals in a model
highlightHighlight tracing results
removehighlightRemove highlighted tracing results


sltrace.GraphProvide tracing information as graph for structure analysis


Signal PropertiesView and edit signal properties
Instrumentation PropertiesView and edit signal logging and visualization properties
Property InspectorEdit parameters and properties for any Simulink model element
Model Data EditorInspect and edit data items (signals, parameters, and states) in a table that you can sort, group, and filter


Get Started with Signals

Signal Basics

Create, configure, identify, and test signals.

Signal Types

Learn about different types of signals, such as control signals and composite signals.

Signal Groups

Test or debug models by creating interchangeable groups of signal data.

Signal Properties

Investigate Signal Values

Initialize, access, and view the values that signals have during a simulation run.

Specify Signal Ranges

Specify the minimum and maximum value that a signal can attain during simulation. Fully specify your design and optimize data types and the generated code by specifying the minimum and maximum value that a signal can attain during simulation.

Determine Signal Dimensions

Inspect and control signal dimensionality.

Initialize Signals and Discrete States

Some systems contain signals and states whose initial values you must specify, for example, the starting position and velocity of a bouncing ball.

Configure Signals as Test Points

Use test points to exclude signal lines from optimizations which enables you to access the simulation data.

Specify Application-Specific Signal Properties

Specify attributes for application-specific value types, such as wind velocity.

Display Signal Properties

Highlight Signal Sources and Destinations

Trace a signal to its source or destination while debugging or exploring a model.

Display Port Values for Debugging

Display the values of block outputs on the block diagram during simulation.

Display Signal Attributes

Improve model readability by displaying signal attributes, such as data types and dimensions, in the block diagram.

Signal Label Propagation

Name a signal to identify and access it more easily. Take advantage of signal label propagation to reduce the effort of naming a signal that crosses system boundaries.

Trace Connections Using Interface Display

Display interfaces to trace signals through the nested levels, annotate signal characteristics, and view units associated with signals.

Variable-Size Signals

Variable-Size Signal Basics

Create a variable-size signal whose size, values cam change during a simulation.

Inspect Variable-Size Signals on Simulink Models

Inspect example models that show how to use variable-size signals.

Featured Examples