Download file from GitHub with MATLAB


Updated Wed, 11 Aug 2021 15:02:17 +0000

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There are many solutions for automatically downloading files from GitHub. However, they work easily mainly under Linux, needing the libraries wget or curl. If someone works with Windows or directly wants to use MATLAB, this program is useful.
The syntax is
filestr = githubFetch(user, repository, downloadType, name)

with the inputs

user: name of the user or the organization
repository: name of the repository
downloadType: 'branch' or 'release'
name: if downloadType is 'branch': branch name (default: 'master')
if downloadType is 'release': release version (default: 'latest')

and the output

filestr: path to the downloaded file (empty if the downloading failed)


1) githubFetch('GLVis', 'glvis', 'branch')
% same as githubFetch('GLVis', 'glvis', 'branch', 'master')
2) githubFetch('matlab2tikz', 'matlab2tikz', 'branch', 'develop')
3) githubFetch('matlab2tikz', 'matlab2tikz', 'release', '1.1.0')
4) githubFetch('matlab2tikz', 'matlab2tikz', 'release')
% same as githubFetch('matlab2tikz', 'matlab2tikz', 'release', 'latest')

Cite As

Zoltán Csáti (2023). githubFetch (, GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2015b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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Title corrected.

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