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Instrument Driver Editing and Testing

Create and modify instrument drivers; test and verify instrument driver functionality

Generic drivers allow the Instrument Control Toolbox™ to communicate with devices or software that do not use industry-standard drivers or protocols. You create a generic driver using the Instrument Driver Editor. See Creating MATLAB Instrument Drivers for information about using the Instrument Driver Editor.

After you create a driver, you can test it using the Instrument Driver Testing Tool. The tool provides a graphical environment for creating a test to verify the functionality of a MATLAB instrument driver. You can verify property and function behavior and export the test results in a variety of formats. See Instrument Driver Testing Tool Overview.


clearRemove instrument objects from MATLAB workspace
connectConnect device object to instrument
deleteRemove instrument objects from memory
disconnectDisconnect device object from instrument
dispDisplay instrument object summary information
getInstrument object properties
inspectOpen Property Inspector
instrhwinfoInformation about available hardware
instrresetDisconnect and delete all instrument objects
invokeExecute driver-specific function on device object
makemidConvert driver to MATLAB instrument driver format
methodsClass method names and descriptions
mideditOpen graphical tool for creating and editing MATLAB instrument driver
midtestOpen graphical tool for testing MATLAB instrument driver
propinfoInstrument object property information
saveSave instrument objects and variables to MAT-file
selftestRun instrument self-test
setConfigure or display instrument object properties


Test and Measurement ToolControl oscilloscopes and other instruments

Examples and How To

Creating MATLAB Instrument Drivers

How to create, modify, save, and verify instrument drivers using the MATLAB Instrument Driver Editor.


Defining instrument functionality as properties of the device object to ease communications with your instrument.


Defining instrument functionality as functions of the device object to ease communications with your instrument.


Combining common capabilities of the device object.

Using Existing Drivers

Adapting existing drivers for your instrument.

Setting Up Your Test

Providing global information for your test, including name, description, driver, interface, and preferences.

Defining Test Steps

Creating steps to test setting property values, getting property values, and driver functions.

Saving Your Test

Saving your test for future midtest sessions, or as code, or as a driver function.

Testing and Results

Running a complete or partial test; exporting or saving test results.


MATLAB Instrument Driver Editor Overview

An explanation of MATLAB® instrument drivers, their features, capabilities, and usage.

Instrument Driver Testing Tool Overview

An explanation of the MATLAB Instrument Driver Testing Tool, its capabilities, and usage.

Instrument Control Toolbox Properties

These properties are available in the toolbox.