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A converter that takes a MATLAB(R) figure and spits out a TikZ (Pgfplots) figure for smooth integration into LaTeX.
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This is matlab2tikz, a MATLAB(R) script for converting MATLAB(R) figures into native TikZ/Pgfplots figures.

To download and rate matlab2tikz, go to its page on MathWorks

matlab2tikz supports the conversion of most MATLAB figures, including 2D and 3D plots. For plots constructed with third- party packages, your mileage may vary.

The workflow is as follows.

  1. a. Place the matlab2tikz scripts (contents of src/ folder) in a directory where MATLAB can find it (the current directory, for example). b. Make sure that your LaTeX installation includes the packages

    • TikZ (aka PGF, >=2.00) and
    • Pgfplots (>=1.3).
  2. Generate your plot in MATLAB.

  3. Invoke matlab2tikz by

>> matlab2tikz();


>> matlab2tikz('myfile.tex');

The script accepts numerous options; check them out by invoking the help,

>> help matlab2tikz

Sometimes, MATLAB makes it hard to create matching LaTeX plots by keeping invisible objects around or stretches the plots too far beyond the bounding box. Use

>> cleanfigure;
>> matlab2tikz('myfile.tex');

to first clean the figure of unwanted entities, and then convert it to TeX.

  1. Add the contents of myfile.tex into your LaTeX source code; a convenient way of doing so is to use \input{/path/to/myfile.tex}. Also make sure that at the header of your document the Pgfplots package is included:
% and optionally (as of Pgfplots 1.3):
\pgfplotsset{plot coordinates/math parser=false}

There are reported incompatibilities with the following LaTeX packages:

If you experience bugs, have nice examples of what matlab2tikz can do, or if you are just looking for more information, please visit the web page of matlab2tikz

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