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matlab2tikz
is a MATLAB(R) script to convert native MATLAB(R) figures to TikZ/Pgfplots figures that integrate seamlessly in LaTeX documents.
To download the official releases and rate matlab2tikz
, please visit its page on FileExchange.
matlab2tikz
converts most MATLAB(R) figures, including 2D and 3D plots.
For plots constructed with thirdparty packages, however, your mileage may vary.
Installation
 Extract the ZIP file (or clone the git repository) somewhere you can easily reach it.
 Add the
src/
folder to your path in MATLAB/Octave: e.g. using the "Set Path" dialog in MATLAB, or
 by running the
addpath
function from your command window orstartup
script.
Make sure that your LaTeX installation is uptodate and includes:
 TikZ/PGF version 3.0 or higher
 Pgfplots version 1.13 or higher
 Amsmath version 2.14 or higher
 Standalone (optional)
It is recommended to use the latest stable version of these packages. Older versions may work depending on the actual MATLAB(R) figure you are converting.
Usage
Typical usage of matlab2tikz
consists of converting your MATLAB plot to a TikZ/LaTeX file and then running a LaTeX compiler to produce your document.
MATLAB

Generate your plot in MATLAB(R).

Run
matlab2tikz
, e.g. using
matlab2tikz('myfile.tex');
LaTeX
Add the contents of myfile.tex
into your LaTeX source code, for example using \input{myfile.tex}
.
Make sure that the required packages (such as pgfplots
) are loaded in the preamble of your document as in the example:
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=newest}
%% the following commands are needed for some matlab2tikz features
\usetikzlibrary{plotmarks}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows.meta}
\usepgfplotslibrary{patchplots}
\usepackage{grffile}
\usepackage{amsmath}
%% you may also want the following commands
%\pgfplotsset{plot coordinates/math parser=false}
%\newlength\figureheight
%\newlength\figurewidth
\begin{document}
\input{myfile.tex}
\end{document}
Remarks
Most functions accept numerous options; you can check them out by inspecting their help:
help matlab2tikz
Sometimes, MATLAB(R) plots contain some features that impede conversion to LaTeX; e.g. points that are far outside of the actual bounding box.
You can invoke the cleanfigure
function to remove such unwanted entities before calling matlab2tikz
:
cleanfigure;
matlab2tikz('myfile.tex');
More information
 For more information about
matlab2tikz
, have a look at our GitHub repository. If you are a good MATLAB(R) programmer or LaTeX writer, you are always welcome to help improvingmatlab2tikz
!  Some common problems and pitfalls are documented in our wiki.
 If you experience (other) bugs or would like to request a feature, please visit our issue tracker.