Code Blocks configuration for Calling Matlab code from C/C++

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Hey Everybody,
I was just trying to go through a simple matlab tutorial for calling matlab code from c/c++ code and Im getting an error:
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include "engine.h"
int main()
printf("Hello world");
Engine *ep;
ep = engOpen("");
engEvalString(ep, "x=(1:1:10);");
engEvalString(ep, "plot(x,y);");
return 1;
Build log(Added new lines to help readability):
mingw32-gcc.exe -Wall -g -Weffc++ -std=c++0x -I"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\include" -c C:\Users\Public\Documents\C++\CToMatlab\main.c -o obj\Debug\main.o
mingw32-g++.exe -L"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft"
-o bin\Debug\CToMatlab.exe obj\Debug\main.o
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libeng.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmat.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libemlrt.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmex.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmwblas.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmwblascompat32.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmwlapack.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmwmathutil.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libmx.lib"
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012b\extern\lib\win64\microsoft\libut.lib"
undefined reference to `engOpen' undefined reference to `engEvalString' undefined reference to engEvalString undefined reference to `engEvalString' undefined reference to `engClose'
I know that this is a linking error but not sure what I'm failing to link.
Any help would be apreciated.

Accepted Answer

Evgeny Pr
Evgeny Pr on 25 Jan 2013
Edited: Evgeny Pr on 25 Jan 2013
GCC compiler for "MATLAB Externals" is not supported on windows platform. You must use the Microsoft compiler.
...but, unfortunately in CodeBlocks IDE there is a parsing command-line for Microsoft compiler bug.
I think you should use Visual Studio Express. Everything is much easier to configure. Do not forget to specify the path to the libraries and header files to MATLAB extern:

More Answers (3)

Nathan on 25 Jan 2013
k thanks for the help I'll probably just switch to VS now.

Tonatiuh Toral
Tonatiuh Toral on 16 Apr 2013
Edited: Tonatiuh Toral on 16 Apr 2013
Hello! I'm using Code:blocks in Ubuntu 12.10 and want to call Matlab from my C++ code. I have included the matlabroot\extern\include\ in the Search directories of my Code::blocks. I tryed with the engdemo.cpp and I'm getting the same errors.
  • undefined reference to engOpen
  • undefined reference to mxCreateDoubleMatrix
  • ...
  • ...
Can anyone help me with the proper configuration for using engine.h in Code::blocks?
Kind Regards!
  1 Comment
Nathan on 16 Apr 2013 this should help with starting...... after that you still need to specify matlab files on the include and compiler settings.

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Amir Sin
Amir Sin on 8 Jun 2018
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