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PicoScope 6000 Series - MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver

This MATLAB® Generic Instrument Driver (Beta Release) allows you to acquire data from the PicoScope® 6000 Series Digital Oscilloscopes and control in-built signal generator functionality. The data could be processed in MATLAB using functions from Toolboxes such as Signal Processing Toolbox.

The driver has been created using Instrument Control Toolbox v3.6.

This Instrument Driver package includes the following:

  • The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver

  • Example scripts that demonstrate how to call various functions in order to capture data in various modes, as well as using the signal generator.

  • The driver can be used with the Test and Measurement Tool to carry out the following:

    • Acquire data in Block mode
    • Acquire data in Rapid Block mode
    • Use the Built-in Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generator (model-dependent)

Supported Models

The driver will work with the following PicoScope models:

  • PicoScope 6402 & 6402A/B/C/D
  • PicoScope 6403 & 6403A/B/C/D
  • PicoScope 6404 & 6404A/B/C/D
  • PicoScope 6407

Getting started



  • MATLAB 2015b is recommended for 32-bit versions of MATLAB on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Installing the Instrument Driver files

We recommend using the Add-Ons Explorer in MATLAB in order to install these files and obtain updates.

If your version of MATLAB does not have the Add-Ons Explorer, download the zip file from the MATLAB Central File Exchange page and add the root and sub-folders to the MATLAB path.

Installing drivers

Drivers are available for the following platforms. Refer to the subsections below for further information.


  • Download the PicoSDK (32-bit or 64-bit) driver package installer from our Downloads page.


Programmer's Guides

You can download the Programmer's Guide providing a description of the API functions for the ps6000 shared library used by this Instrument Driver.

Further information

To view Pico Technology's Hardware Support page, please visit:

Obtaining support

Please visit our Support page to contact us directly or visit our Test and Measurement Forum to post questions.

Issues can be reported via the Issues tab.

Please leave a comment and rating for this submission on our MATLAB Central File Exchange page.


Contributions to examples are welcome. Please refer to our guidelines for contributing for further information.

Copyright and licensing

See for license terms.

PicoScope is a registered trademark of Pico Technology Ltd.

MATLAB is a registered trademark of The Mathworks, Inc. Instrument Control Toolbox and Signal Processing Toolbox are trademarks of The Mathworks, Inc.

Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.

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