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MATLAB Error Control Statement-try, catch

MATLAB define some functions that are used to control error. The try-catch statement is an error control function, which is explained below.

Try - catch statement

Try-catch statement provides error handling control. General form of the try-catch statement is


Statements between try and catch execute first. If no error appears in executing statements between try and catch, MATLAB further executes the statements/code after the end keyword. If an error occurs during the execution of statements between try and catch, MATLAB executes statements between catch and end. Try-catch statement can be explained with the help of the following example.



 MException with properties:

    identifier: 'MATLAB:catenate:dimensionMismatch'
       message: 'Dimensions of arrays being concatenated are not consistent.'
         cause: {01 cell}
         stack: [31 struct]
    Correction: []

MATLAB Error Control Statement-try, catch

Following are the points while using a try/catch statement in MATLAB:

  • The control of the program execution first enters the try block and executes each statement.
  • If any error occurs during the execution, then the control immediately passes to the catch block, leaving any other statements of the try block unexecuted.
  • If there is no error occurs inside try block, then the control doesn't enter the catch block. The control then reaches to the statements after the end keyword of try/ catch block.
  • Whenever any error or exception occurs in the try block, the MATLAB constructs an instance of the MException class and returns the object in the catch statement.
  • The MException class object can be accessed with the variable ME.
  • The MException class object has five properties-identifier, message, stack, cause, and Correction. These properties describe details about the occurred exception.
  • We can't use multiple catch block, only one catch block within a try block is allowed.
  • We can use nested try/catch blocks if required.

Example showing MException class object properties:


causeException = 
  MException with properties:

    identifier: 'MATLAB:mycode:dimensions'
       message: 'dimension mismatch occured: First argument has 4 columns, while second argument has 3 columns.'
         cause: {}
         stack: [01 struct]
    Correction: []

Program Termination

Program termination control allows to exit from our program at some point before its normal termination point.

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