Loading a fig file without opening

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JPS on 8 Feb 2021
Commented: Gabriele Bellomia on 13 May 2022 at 6:07
I have .fig in the current directory and wish to extract data from it. I used the following code for this purpose,
a = get(gca,'Children');
xdata = get(a, 'XData');
ydata = get(a, 'YData');
The code works. My problem is it also opens the fig file in a separate figure window. I don't want that to happen. I just want to extract the data.
Ofcourse I could use,
close figure
But it just takes out the graph and shows an empty figure window.
I would be very much grateful if somebody could help me in this.
Thanks in advance!

Accepted Answer

Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 8 Feb 2021
Edited: Fangjun Jiang on 8 Feb 2021
clear f
Gabriele Bellomia
Gabriele Bellomia on 13 May 2022 at 6:07
Try this:
>> load test.fig -mat hgS_070000
>> hgS_070000
hgS_070000 =
struct with fields:
type: 'figure'
handle: 1
properties: [1×1 struct]
children: [1×1 struct]
special: []
It should work, I just tested it on R2020b Update 7 and it does.
But beware that is undocumented (and probably unintended) behavior. So it might change suddenly.
More info here: https://undocumentedmatlab.com/articles/fig-files-format

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