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Comparing Simulink Coder and Simulink Compiler

Simulink® Compiler™ enables you to share Simulink simulations as standalone executables. You can build the executables by packaging the compiled Simulink model and the MATLAB® code to set up, run, and analyze a simulation. Standalone executables can be complete simulation apps that use MATLAB graphics and UIs designed with MATLAB App Designer. To cosimulate with an external simulation environment, you can generate standalone Functional Mockup Unit (FMU) binaries that adhere to the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) standard.

Simulink Coder™ generates and executes C and C++ code from Simulink models, Stateflow® charts, and MATLAB functions. The generated source code can be used for real-time and non-real-time applications, rapid prototyping, and hardware-in-the-loop testing. You can tune and monitor the generated code using Simulink or run and interact with the code outside MATLAB and Simulink.


The following table states the major comparisons between Simulink Compiler and Simulink Coder. Use this table to understand the differences between the applications and usage of the two products.

Outputs and SupportSimulink CompilerSimulink Coder
Main Use CaseDeploy simulations as standalone executables on desktop or production serversGenerate portable C/C++ code for Simulink model that can be deployed on embedded platforms or desktop
OutputExecutable or software component or shared libraryPortable and readable C/C++ source code
Simulink Block SupportAll the blocks supported in Rapid Accelerator mode in SimulinkA subset of Simulink blocks
Supported BlocksetsAll the blocksets supported by Rapid Accelerator mode in SimulinkA subset of Simulink blocks
ProductionMATLAB Production Server™Embedded Coder®
Simulink Graphics SupportSupports MATLAB Graphics.None
Library DependenciesMATLAB RuntimeNone

Common Questions About Simulink Compiler and Simulink Coder

The following table answers some of the common questions about using Simulink Compiler and Simulink Coder, such as the memory required, performance, and other questions about support.

Common QuestionsSimulink CompilerSimulink Coder
What files are produced?Shared executables or libraries, along with the required MATLAB Runtime components. Source code (*.c & *.h) that can be compiled into shared libraries and executables
Which platforms can these files be deployed to?All platforms supported by MATLAB (Windows®, Mac, and Linux®) Any platform that supports ANSI/ISO C/C++ code
Does it generate readable code?No, only non-readable shared libraries Yes, readable source code
Is it faster than Simulink?Runs at the same speed as Rapid Accelerator mode in Simulink.Has the potential to be faster, depending on the algorithm. The generated code is not faster for optimized MATLAB functions (such as FFT, or Image Processing, and Computer Vision functions) Use GPU Coder GPU Coder™ to generate CUDA® source code that potentially runs faster on NVIDIA® GPUs.
Does it take advantage of hardware accelerators?Supports the same hardware as MATLAB, including GPUs and AVX. Multicore and clusters are supported via Parallel Computing Toolbox™C code running on local multicore machines can be supported using the OpenMP API. Use GPU Coder to generate CUDA source code that runs on NVIDIA GPUs. Use HDL Coder™ to generate Verilog® or VHDL® that runs on FPGAs.
What is the difference in memory use on a desktop?Highly dependent on the executables. MATLAB Runtime itself uses more memory than the Simulink Coder.Highly dependent on the MATLAB code.
What file I/O formats does each software support?Supports all formats supported in MATLABLimited file support: text files, audio, and video formats. Does not support image formats.

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