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Supported Features[edit]


Classdef properties are supported but not all attributes are implemented.

Attribute Support Notes
AbortSet No Property does not exist.
Abstract Yes
Access Partial
Constant Yes
Dependent Partial
GetAccess Partial
GetObservable No Property exists but is not used. Requires events and listeners to be implemented in order to work properly.
Hidden Yes
NonCopyable No Property does not exist.
SetAccess Partial
SetObservable No Property exists but is not used. Requires events and listeners to be implemented in order to work properly.
Transient No Property exists but is not used.


Classdef methods are supported but not all attributes are fully implemented.

Attribute Support Notes
Abstract Partial See bug report #51377
Access Yes
Hidden Yes
Sealed Yes
Static Yes

Features that are not implemented[edit]


  • #44582 Parse the enumeration section of a classdef definition but nothing is done with it.

events and listeners[edit]

  • #56194 Parse the events section of a classdef definition but nothing is done with it.

Property Validation Functions[edit]

Open Bug Reports for Other Issues[edit]

Issues with basic classdef functionality[edit]

  • #51659 Calling 'methods' on self causes syntax error
  • #48682 print_usage fails within classdef block
  • #48041 classdef: `help myclass` messes up `help @myclass/method`
  • #52096 meta.class.fromName throws error when class name not found.
  • #48693 classdef subsref method is not called with correct nargout value - Patch applied, Ready for Test
  • #56006 Object indexing: obj(1).property(end+1:n) - end is interpreted wrong
  • #55983 'x(ix) = []' deletion syntax does not work for objects
  • #55976 cat, repmat, and reshape don't work for classdef objects
  • #55961 properties function does not preserve order - Patch submitted, awaiting review
  • #52582 using static method to initialize property value fails
  • #45833 support load/save of classdef objects
  • #60729 print_usage within classdef constructor breaks subsequent calls to the class
  • #61676 Assigning classdef objects to other types does not call converter methods
  • #63841 nargout is always 1 for classdef methods

Classdef and +package directories[edit]

  • 54941 interpreter cannot find methods in files of classdefs in packages

Arrays of classdef objects[edit]

  • #44665 error in concatenation of classdef objects
  • #53906 Cannot make an object array with square brackets
  • #47755 Access to object arrays
  • #47241 classdef: assigning property of handle object in object array constructs new object

Debugger (fixes for these are in progress)[edit]

  • #46451 unable to set breakpoints within classdef classes - Patch applied, Ready for Test
  • #45404 Breakpoints cannot be set in classdef methods or +package function files - Report closed

Lower-priority issues[edit]

  • #55488 Invalid use of colon char as classdef function's argument when subsref is overwritten
  • #54966 Error when assigning array to an object implementing subsasgn() subscripted using "{}"
  • #54028 copy of non-handle class instance is not deep
  • #53811 cellfun does not find overloaded function with function name argument
  • #52989 classdef: missing error messages on multiply defined properties
  • #52582 Dependent constant properties in classdef errors: no such file
  • #52123 Indirect memory leak in cdef_manager::initialize ()
  • #51285 max_recursion_depth error in classdef constructor
  • #50395 subclassing a class that is also defined as a variable fails
  • #50011 failure to report error on conflicting methods for classdef
  • #49379 classdef constructor: .argn. loses first argument, inputname(n) returns inputname(n+1)
  • #55810 sizeof() and whos() returns 0 bytes for classdef objects
  • #45893 classdef properties are not reloaded when file is updated
  • #44643 classdef handle object can go into an recursive loop with isequal(obj1,obj2) if both are self-referential
  • #55755 mxGetProperty does not work with properties marked as Dependent
  • #55767 classdef property should not be the same as classdef name (at least for Matlab compatibility)
  • #44035 unable to subclass built-in types


  • #50729 Improve OOP documentation
  • #47908 Octave:classdef-to-struct not documented in warning_ids.m
  • #44590 More documentation for the current status of classdef implementation

Classdef examples in Octave[edit]