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Can I use Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 with MATLAB R2019a or R2018b?

Asked by wei yang
on 4 Apr 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Royi Avital on 8 Aug 2019
Can I use Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 with MATLAB R2019a or R2018b?

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 4 Apr 2019
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You can use VS 2017 but not VS 2019 at this time.

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Is there any plan to support VS2019 in MATLAB R2019a?
You would need to contact Mathworks Sales to get information about forthcoming plans. Everything I know about future plans is under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement.)
Usually you can do some manual tricks to add support. One needs to look for other posts in the forum to see how to do it.

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Answer by Royi Avital on 25 May 2019
Edited by Royi Avital on 25 May 2019

I'm not sure how the search for Compiler works for the mex command.
From 5 minutes research I did I came to the conclusion it works as following:
  • It goes through each xml file in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018b\bin\win64\mexopts.
  • Each xml file define places to look and priority (In case you have more than 1).
  • The search goes by priority and set the compiler it finds with the highest priority among all those found.
Once it finds a compiler it creates an xml file named C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\MathWorks\MATLAB\R2018b\mex_C_win64.xml.
Now, in MATLAB R2018b and probably R2019a you have files searching for VS 2017 but not for 2019.
I took msvc2017.xml and msvcpp2017.xml renamed them to msvc2019.xml and msvcpp2019.xml. I edited their content for what I think would be right for Visual Studio 2019. Basically updating version number from 15.0 to 16.0.
I attached a zip file witho those to the answer.
I think if you copy them into C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018b\bin\win64\mexopts\ and run mex -v -setup it should work.

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On R2019a, there's still no official support. This solution -almost- worked; I had to add a REG_SZ to the registry at:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\SxS\VS7
with content:
Name: 16.0
Value: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Professional\
After that, everything worked like a breeze.
I thought that would be something added by VS 2019 setup. What key does VS 2019 add?

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Answer by Onur Bektas on 8 Aug 2019

With Matlab 2019a Update 3 Visual Studio 2019 is officially supported.

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