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Develop uifigure-Based Apps

Develop apps programmatically using UI figures designed for app building (uifigure function)

Design and edit apps programmatically by coding their layout and behavior using MATLAB® functions. The uifigure function creates a figure that is specially configured for app building and serves as the container for your user interface. UI figures support the same types of modern graphics and interactive UI components that App Designer supports.


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uifigureCreate figure for designing apps
uigridlayoutCreate grid layout manager
uipanelCreate panel container
uitabgroupCreate container for tabbed panels
uitabCreate tabbed panel
uiaxesCreate UI axes for plots in apps
axesCreate Cartesian axes
geoaxesCreate geographic axes
polaraxesCreate polar axes

Common Components

uibuttonCreate push button or state button component
uibuttongroupCreate button group to manage radio buttons and toggle buttons
uicheckboxCreate check box component
uicolorpickerCreate color picker component (Since R2024a)
uidatepickerCreate date picker component
uidropdownCreate drop-down component
uieditfieldCreate text or numeric edit field component
uihyperlinkCreate hyperlink component (Since R2021a)
uiimageCreate image component
uilabelCreate label component
uilistboxCreate list box component
uiradiobuttonCreate radio button component
uisliderCreate slider or range slider component
uispinnerCreate spinner component
uitable Create table user interface component
uitextareaCreate text area component
uitogglebuttonCreate toggle button component
uitreeCreate tree or check box tree component
uitreenodeCreate tree node component

Figure Tools

uicontextmenuCreate context menu component
uimenuCreate menu or menu items
uipushtoolCreate push tool in toolbar
uitoggletoolCreate toggle tool in toolbar
uitoolbarCreate toolbar in figure

Instrumentation Components

uigaugeCreate gauge component
uiknobCreate knob component
uilampCreate lamp component
uiswitchCreate slider switch, rocker switch, or toggle switch component

Extensible Components

uihtmlCreate HTML UI component (Since R2019b)

Styleable Components

uistyleCreate style for UI component (Since R2019b)
addStyleAdd style to UI component (Since R2019b)
removeStyleRemove style from UI component (Since R2019b)

Tree Node

expandExpand tree node
collapseCollapse tree node
moveMove tree node

Context Menu

openOpen context menu at location within UI figure (Since R2020a)

Scrollable Components

scrollScroll to location within component
isInScrollViewDetermine if component is visible in scrollable container (Since R2022a)

Focusable Components

focusFocus UI component (Since R2022a)

Extensible Components

sendEventToHTMLSourceSend HTML UI component event from MATLAB to JavaScript (Since R2023a)


uistackReorder visual stacking of UI components
moveguiMove figure to specified location on screen
uialertDisplay alert dialog box
uiconfirmCreate confirmation dialog box
uiprogressdlgCreate progress dialog box
uisetcolorOpen color picker
uigetfileOpen file selection dialog box
uiputfileOpen dialog box for saving files
uigetdirOpen folder selection dialog box
uiopenOpen file selection dialog box and load selected file into workspace
uisaveOpen dialog box for saving variables to MAT-file


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UI Figure PropertiesControl UI figure appearance and behavior for uifigure-based apps
GridLayout PropertiesControl grid layout manager behavior
Panel PropertiesControl panel appearance and behavior
TabGroup PropertiesControl tab group appearance and behavior
Tab PropertiesControl tab appearance and behavior
UIAxes PropertiesUI axes appearance and behavior
Axes Properties Axes appearance and behavior
GeographicAxes PropertiesControl geographic axes appearance and behavior
PolarAxes PropertiesPolar axes appearance and behavior

Common Components

Button PropertiesControl button appearance and behavior
ButtonGroup PropertiesControl button group appearance and behavior
CheckBox PropertiesControl check box appearance and behavior
CheckBoxTree PropertiesControl check box tree appearance and behavior (Since R2021a)
ColorPicker PropertiesControl color picker appearance and behavior (Since R2024a)
DatePicker PropertiesControl date picker appearance and behavior
DropDown PropertiesControl drop-down list appearance and behavior
EditField PropertiesControl edit field appearance and behavior
Hyperlink PropertiesControl hyperlink appearance (Since R2021a)
Image PropertiesControl image component appearance and behavior
Label PropertiesControl label appearance
ListBox PropertiesControl list box appearance and behavior
NumericEditField PropertiesControl numeric edit field appearance and behavior
ProgressDialog PropertiesControl progress dialog box appearance and behavior
RadioButton PropertiesControl radio button appearance
RangeSlider PropertiesControl range slider appearance and behavior (Since R2023b)
Slider PropertiesControl slider appearance and behavior
Spinner PropertiesControl spinner appearance and behavior
StateButton PropertiesControl state button appearance and behavior
Table PropertiesControl table UI component appearance and behavior
TextArea PropertiesControl text area appearance and behavior
ToggleButton PropertiesControl toggle button appearance
Tree PropertiesControl tree appearance and behavior
TreeNode PropertiesControl tree node appearance and behavior

Figure Tools

ContextMenu PropertiesControl context menu appearance and behavior
Menu PropertiesControl menu appearance and behavior
PushTool PropertiesControl push tool appearance and behavior
ToggleTool PropertiesControl toggle tool appearance and behavior
Toolbar PropertiesControl toolbar appearance and behavior

Instrumentation Components

DiscreteKnob PropertiesControl discrete knob appearance and behavior
Gauge PropertiesControl gauge appearance and behavior
Knob PropertiesControl knob appearance and behavior
Lamp PropertiesControl lamp appearance
LinearGauge PropertiesControl linear gauge appearance and behavior
NinetyDegreeGauge PropertiesControl ninety-degree gauge appearance and behavior
RockerSwitch PropertiesControl rocker switch appearance and behavior
SemicircularGauge PropertiesControl semicircular gauge appearance
Switch PropertiesControl switch appearance and behavior
ToggleSwitch PropertiesControl toggle switch appearance and behavior

Extensible Components

HTML PropertiesControl HTML UI component appearance and behavior (Since R2019b)
Style PropertiesStyle for table or tree UI component (Since R2019b)


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