MATLAB App Designer

Comparing GUIDE and App Designer

App Designer is the recommended environment for building apps in MATLAB. To migrate an existing GUIDE app to App Designer, use the GUIDE to App Designer Migration Tool for MATLAB, available on the MATLAB File Exchange. Review the following feature comparison between GUIDE and App Designer.

Key
 Support for interactive and programmatic app building
Support for programmatic app building only

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Component Library

   

Property Inspector

   

Component Browser

   

Callback Sharing

   
App Templates    

Single-File Management for Code and User Interface

 

 

Modern Look & Feel

 

 

Toolstrip-Based Desktop

 

 

Rich Canvas Interactions

 

 

Embedded Code Editor

 

 

Rich Property Editors

 

 

App Metadata Management

 

 

Robust Programming Editor and Workflow

 

 

Quick Start Interactive Tutorial

 

 

App Testing Framework Support

 

 

Code Editor

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Code Debugger

   

Code Folding

   

Code Analyzer

   

App Input Arguments

   

Rich Programming Aids

   

Quick Code Navigation

   

Global Component Rename

   

Utility Functions via Custom App Methods

   

Graphics Support

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

2D & 3D Plotting

   

Axes Support (axes, polaraxes, geoaxes)

   

Axes Interactions (pan, zoom, rotate)

   

Figure Interactions (keyboard and mouse events)

   

Printing Support

   

See Displaying Graphics in App Designer in the MATLAB documentation for more information.


App Sharing & Access

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Share as MATLAB App Install File

   

Share as MATLAB Standalone Desktop App 1

   

Share as MATLAB Web App 1

   

Create, Edit, and Run Apps in MATLAB Online 2

   

Export as Standalone MATLAB Class File

   

Containers & Layout Managers

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Panel

   

Menu Bar

   

Tab Group

   

Scrollable Containers

   

Grid Layout Manager

   
Auto-Reflow    

Context Menu

   

Toolbar

   

Common Components

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Button

   

Drop Down

   

Edit Field (Text)

   

Label

   

List Box

   

Radio Button Group

   
Slider    
Table    
Text Area    
Toggle Button Group    
Date Picker    
Edit Field (Numeric)    
Image    
Spinner    
State Button    
Tree    

Dialogs

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Alert Dialog

   

Confirmation Dialog

   

Instrumentation

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

Gauge

   

90 Degree Gauge

   

Linear Gauge

   

Semicircular Gauge

   

Knob

   

Discrete Knob

   

Lamp

   
Switch
   
Rocker Switch
   
Toggle Switch
   
Airspeed Indicator 3
   
Altimeter 3
   
Climb Rate Indicator 3
   
EGT Indicator 3
   
Heading Indicator 3
   
Artificial Horizon 3
   
RPM Indicator 3
   
Turn Indicator 3
   

Component Extensibility

Feature 

GUIDE

App Designer

ActiveX Control

   
  1. Requires MATLAB Compiler.
  2. MATLAB Online is available with select licenses. Check your eligibility on mathworks.com/products/matlab-online.html.
  3. Requires Aerospace Toolbox.