[Rcpp-devel] R.e. Using Rcpp and MATLAB MAT-File API to Read MAT Files

Dale Smith DSmith at nexidia.com
Wed Mar 25 13:36:47 CET 2015

mat.h is a header file which comes with MATLAB. I don't think the license allows redistribution, and you would not be able to compile without the MATLAB libraries.

An alternative may be Octave since it will read .mat files. Perhaps someone can email the name of the header file used from the Octave distribution?


This also offers a viable way to test this type of code for those who don't have MATLAB.

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Subject: [Rcpp-devel] R.e. Using Rcpp and MATLAB MAT-File API to Read MAT Files

Can you provide a link to the mat.h file referenced in the source (which I assume is the same as the API mentioned below)?

Also, see Dirk's comments about compilers here:
and here:


> I'm trying to use the MATLAB Mat-File API to read data from MAT files 
> into R. (I've tried using the R.matlab package, but the matrices I'm 
> loading can be very large, and that method was too slow. In addition, 
> some of the files I'm loading are v7.3 MAT files, which are not 
> supported by the package.) I wrote the following simple function to 
> start testing. It works fine if I compile without the Rcpp parts in 
> Visual Studio (i.e. I can call matOpen and get a nonzero pointer), but 
> when I run in R it crashes my R session without displaying "Test".
> #include <Rcpp.h>
> #include "mat.h"
> using namespace Rcpp;
> // [[Rcpp::export]]
> NumericVector rcpp_mat_load() {
>     MATFile* mf = matOpen("z:/temp/test.mat", "r");
>     printf("Test\n");
>     double val = 10;
>     NumericVector y = NumericVector::create(val);
>     return y;
> }

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