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File path containing %

Asked by Zoltán Csáti on 13 Aug 2015
Latest activity Commented on by Zoltán Csáti on 14 Aug 2015
I would like to get the path for directories containing % (like %MATLAB_ROOT%, %APPDATA%, etc.) in Windows. However, functions like fileparts cannot interpret the percent sign. Is there a way to make this possible within MATLAB, or the only solution is to call system commands?
Thanks, Zoli


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per isakson
Answer by per isakson
on 13 Aug 2015
Edited by per isakson
on 13 Aug 2015
 Accepted Answer

Use getenv, Environment variable to get values of environment variables of the underlying operating system, e.g.
>> getenv('OS')
ans =
>> getenv('APPDATA')
ans =
%NAME% gets the value of NAME in the Command Prompt, e.g.
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Users\poi>echo %APPDATA%
And there is the Matlab function, matlabroot
>> matlabroot
ans =
C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2013b

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Zoltán Csáti on 14 Aug 2015
I looked into getenv before, but somehow I missed it. Thank you!

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