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CAN Explorer

Acquire and visualize CAN data

Since R2021a


The CAN Explorer app allows you to acquire and visualize CAN data, filtering on specified signals and messages.

Using this app, you can:

  • Configure device channels and acquisition properties.

  • Apply CAN database configurations.

  • Preview data.

  • Export data to the MATLAB® workspace

  • Export the app setup to a MATLAB script.

CAN Explorer app

Open the CAN Explorer App

  • MATLAB Toolstrip: On the Apps tab, under Test and Measurement, click the app.

  • MATLAB command prompt: Enter canExplorer.


  • For performance reasons, there are limitations on the number of messages saved or displayed in the app.

  • Although the app configuration is saved for the next time the same user opens it, you cannot save or export the app configuration to share with other users.

  • The CAN Explorer supports only the CAN protocol. For CAN FD protocol data, use the CAN FD Explorer.

  • The apps does not support J1939 data.

Version History

Introduced in R2021a