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Design Filter

Design a digital filter in the Live Editor

Since R2021b


Design Filter helps you design a digital filter interactively. The task automatically generates MATLAB® code to design a filter using the digitalFilter object. If you have installed DSP System Toolbox™, the task can generate MATLAB code to design and implement a filter using the dsp.FIRFilter (DSP System Toolbox) and the dsp.SOSFilter (DSP System Toolbox) objects. These System objects filter streaming signals. (since R2023b)

To get started, select a filter response. The task offers controls to specify filter parameters that depend on the type of filter response. The filter parameters that you can specify include:

  • Filter order

  • Frequency constraints

  • Magnitude constraints

  • Design method

Select from a list of display options to visualize the generated filter response and additional filter information. For a detailed description of the filter constraints, design methods, and design method parameters, see the designfilt documentation.

For more information about Live Editor tasks, see Add Interactive Tasks to a Live Script.

Design Filter Live Editor task showing Bandpass FIR filter response

Open the Task

To add the Design Filter task to a live script in the MATLAB Editor:

  • On the Live Editor tab, select Design Filter.

  • In a code block in the script, type a relevant keyword, such as designfilt, filter, or lowpass. Select Design Filter from the suggested command completions.


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This example shows how to use the Design Filter task in the Live Editor to generate code for a digital filter. The task helps you interactively design a digital filter, displays the filter response, and generates code.

Create or Load Signal

In the Live Editor, load a noisy electrocardiogram (ECG) signal into the MATLAB® workspace. Plot the data.

load noisyecg

The ECG signal appears noisy. There are several sources of noise that can affect the signal including movement artifacts, high-frequency noise, and power source interference. Interactively design a filter to remove the noise from the signal. In the Live Editor tab, expand the Task list and select Design Filter to open the task.

Design Lowpass FIR Filter Using Kaiser Window

To remove high-frequency noise, first select a Lowpass FIR filter and specify the Order as 20. The available options for frequency, magnitude, and algorithm parameters depend on the selected filter response type and filter order.


A lowpass filter removes from an input signal the unwanted frequency content above a specified threshold. In the Specify frequency parameters section, select Cutoff (6dB) frequency from the Frequency constraints list. When the sample rate is known, you can select Hz from the Frequency units list. A Sample rate option appears, and you can select a sample rate from the variables in the workspace. In this example, the sample rate is unknown, so specify a normalized cutoff frequency of 0.5 rad/sample.


For an FIR lowpass filter, in the Specify magnitude parameters section, you can specify constraints to control the amount of passband ripple and stopband attenuation. Select Passband ripple and stopband attenuation from the Magnitude constraints list. Magnitude constraints and filter order can also affect the transition width of the filter.


Select the FIR contrained least-squares design algorithm. Leave the design options at their default settings.


In the Display filter response section, select Magnitude & phase and Group delay to visualize the designed filter response. In the magnitude plot, you can see the level of attenuation in the stopband is at 60 dB. The group delay plot shows a delay of 10 samples and that the filter is linear phase.



Click the arrow below the Show code section to show the generated code for the designed filter. You can copy and paste the code on the command line to edit the filter design specifications manually.


Apply the designed filter to the noisy ECG signal. Account for the delay introduced by the filter and plot the result.

load designedFilter
filteredECG = filter(designedFilter,noisyECG_withTrend);
delay = grpdelay(designedFilter);
mdelay = mean(delay);
filteredECG(1:mdelay) = [];

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Design Equiripple Bandstop FIR Filter

A medical device like an ECG monitor can be impacted by electromagnetic interference. A power source commonly operates at a frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz. For this example, a 60 Hz sinusoid was added as noise to an ECG signal taken from the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database [1]. The sample rate is 360 Hz. To remove the noise, open the Design Filter task and design a minimum-order bandstop FIR filter. Change the default filter name to bandstop60Hz.


Specify the Frequency units as Hz. To specify a sample rate, enter a value or select a sample rate variable from the list. To appear in the list, a sample rate variable must be saved in the workspace. Create a variable, fs, and set it equal to 360 Hz, then select fs from the Sample rate list. Specify the passband and stopband frequency values to attenuate frequencies between 55–65 Hz for a 10 Hz notch filter centered at 60 Hz.

fs = 360;


Set the Passband ripple 2 (dB) to 0.5 and increase the Stopband attenuation (dB) to 80.


The task defaults to an equiripple design method. Display the magnitude and phase responses of the filter.



You can also select Filter information from the Display filter response section to view additional details about the designed filter.



Load ecg60Hz into the workspace. The MAT-file contains the original ECG signal with added noise (ecg60) and the filtered signal (ecgFilt). Plot both signals to visualize the filter result.

load ecg60Hz
t = 0:1/fs:(length(ecg60)-1)/fs;
plot(t,[ecg60 ecgFilt])


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Choose the filter response type as one of these:

  • Lowpass FIR

  • Lowpass IIR

  • Highpass FIR

  • Highpass IIR

  • Bandpass FIR

  • Bandpass IIR

  • Bandstop FIR

  • Bandstop IIR

  • Hilbert FIR

  • Differentiator FIR

For more information, see resp.

Design a minimum order filter or specify a filter order. Some responses might not have a minimum order design available and will require you to specify a filter order value.

For more information, see Filter Order.

Specify the frequencies at which the designed filter exhibits a desired behavior. Available options depend on filter response type and filter order.

For more information, see Frequency Constraints.

Choose the filter magnitude response behavior at the specified frequency ranges. Available options depend on filter response type, filter order, and frequency constraints.

For more information, see Magnitude Constraints.

Specify the algorithm used to design the filter. Available options depend on filter response type, filter order, and frequency and magnitude constraints. Some design methods have additional options available in the Design options section.


In some design cases, there are model order restrictions. If an even or odd restriction exists for the selected design method and the specified order is not valid, the task reduces the order by one.

For more information, see Design Method.


  • You can enable or disable the autorun option by selecting or clearing the Autorun checkbox in the top right corner of the task window. If you enable autorun, the current section including the task runs automatically when you make a change.


[1] Moody, G.B., and R.G. Mark. "The Impact of the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database". IEEE Eng in Med and Biol 20(3):45-50 (May-June 2001): 45-50.

Version History

Introduced in R2021b

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