Download and Installation

BacStalk is written in Matlab 2017b.

There are two versions of BacStalk available.

  • If you don’t have Matlab, you can use a standalone pre-compiled version which requires Matlab runtime R2017b. This version lacks the Matlab figure editor to modify figures created with BacStalk.
  • If you have Matlab (later version than 2014b) available, we recommend you downloading the source code and simply running the included file BacStalk.m.


Programm Version Size Operation System Comments 1.6beta 2 Mb Any Requires Matlab R2014b or later with the Image Processing Toolbox (required) and Parallel Computing Toolbox (optional). Version 1.45 supports Matlab 2018b now!
BacStalk_standalone_win.exe 1.6beta 100 Mb Windows Setup will download and install Matlab runtime R2017b
BacStalk_standalone_linux.install 1.45beta 100 Mb Linux Setup will download and install Matlab runtime R2017b (If you receive an error during installation, please use the fix described here.) 1.45beta 94 Mb Mac OS Setup will download and install Matlab runtime R2017b

Release notes can he found here.


Installation of the stand-alone version

  • Windows: Install BacStalk_standalone_win.exe and open BacStalk.exe.

Running BacStalk inside Matlab

  1. Extract
  2. Open Matlab.
  3. In Matlab change the current path to the folder BacStalk was extracted into.
  4. Type the following command to launch BacStalk:

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