System Requirements for MATLAB Engine API for Python
You can use MATLAB® Engine API for Python® on any platform that MATLAB supports.
Python Version Support
To use MATLAB Engine API for Python, you must have a supported version of the reference Python implementation (also known as CPython) installed on your system. For supported version information, see Versions of Python Compatible with MATLAB Products by Release.
To download and install Python, see Install Supported Python Implementation.
To call Python from your operating system prompt, do one of the following:
Add the full path to Python to your PATH environment variable.
Include the full path when you call the Python interpreter.
To determine if you are calling a supported version, type
-V at your operating system prompt to display the Python version number.
For help on the Python language, see the Python documentation at
www.python.org/doc. For help on third-party or user-defined
modules, refer to the product documentation.
Download 64-Bit Versions of Python and MATLAB
The architecture of MATLAB must match the architecture of Python. On the Python download site, downloads for Microsoft® Windows® platforms are 32-bit versions by default. To download the 64-bit version, choose options with the name Windows x86-64 MSI installer.
To test whether your version of Python is 32-bit or 64-bit, enter this code at the Python prompt:
import sys print(sys.maxsize > 2**32)
This code returns
True if the Python interpreter is 64-bit, and
False if it is
Install Python in Virtual Environment
You can create a virtual Python environment using the Python
venv module, which contains a specific version of Python and MATLAB Engine API for Python. For
venv instructions, see the MATLAB
Answers™ article Python virtual environments with Python Interface. For information about virtual
Python environments, see the Python tutorial Virtual Environments and Packages.
- Install Supported Python Implementation
- Versions of Python Compatible with MATLAB Products by Release