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What are the main differences between Add-On Explorer and File Exchange?

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It seems they are identical and they share seemingly everything!

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Jun 2020
The Add-On Explorer is an interface inside MATLAB that can read data from the File Exchange and present it in a useful way that emphasizes making decisions about whether to install it or not.
The Add-On Explorer also knows about MATLAB products and knows how to invoke the installer to add specific new products.
Otherwise they are the same

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Kareem Elgindy
Kareem Elgindy on 16 Jun 2020
I made a quick comparison between the number of items in both platforms. Under the "Filter by Category", I clicked on "Science and Industry" under the "Applications" Section. In File Exchange I had 5,771 results, but in Add-On I had 5,785 results! The comparison results was shocking to me and it's driving me crasy!
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Jun 2020
You are correct that Add-On Explorer is a read-only view.
Some of the support packages and "optional features" such as Alexnet are available through File Exchange, but the products that MATLAB sells are not available through File Exchange.
Add-On Explorer is intended to handle anything that is in File Exchange.
In File Exchange I had 5,771 results, but in Add-On I had 5,785 results!
14 Mathworks Toolboxes that are not published in the File Exchange, I would suspect.
Kareem Elgindy
Kareem Elgindy on 17 Jun 2020
Products that require a MathWorks license to use (not open source) are only available to MATLAB users with a valid license; they are not available in File Exchange. This matter impacts the number of files listed in the Add-Ons Explorer making it slightly larger I think.

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