Download the Rational Krylov Toolbox

To automatically download and install the Rational Krylov Toolbox, simply copy and paste
the following three lines to your MATLAB command window:

 cd('rktoolbox'); addpath(fullfile(cd)); 
 addpath(fullfile(cd,'utils')); savepath

Alternatively, the toolbox can be downloaded manually from To install it, unpack the zip file and add the main folder 'rktoolbox' and the subfolder 'utils' to your MATLAB path.


2.6 (latest)2017-03-03 RAT_KRYLOV: added support for generating and rerunning block rational Arnoldi decompositions.
RKFUNM: added class for matrix-valued RKFUN's with basic linearize method.
OTHER: util_pencil_poles now works for block pencils and returns poles in mp format if requested; new function util_nleigs for sampling a nonlinear eigenvalue problem into an RKFUNM; new functions util_qr and util_pencil_blocksizes for block Arnoldi.
2.52016-11-04 GALLERY: New rational approximants (SQRT0H, SQRT2H, INVSQRT2H) on two disjoint intervals and indefinite intervals.
RKFUN: Fixed erroneous normalization in rdivide
OTHER: New examples on Zolotatev problems by Alex Townsend and the compression of exterior Helmholtz problems; new utility functions util_colfun, util_dtnfun, util_log2lin, util_markovfunmv, util_recover_rad, util_reorder_poles.
2.42016-06-01 RAT_KRYLOV Can now simulate the parallel generation of basis vectors using various continuation strategies; see also [5].
GALLERY: Fixed bug concerning the rational approximants SQRT, SIGN, and STEP (thanks to R. Luce and A. Townsend for pointing these out) and improved accuracy of these approximants.
OTHER: Four new examples on the parallel Arnoldi method and related new utility function util_continuation_fom; utility functions util_ellipjc and util_ellipkkp from the SC Toolbox [6].
2.32016-03-06 DIFF: Removed infinite generalized eigenvalues for the sampling (same in EZPLOT). Now supports MP, uses real Jordan form for real-valued (quasi) RADs.
FEVAL: Now works with quasi RADs. More efficient evaluation of r(A,V) for a block of vectors V.
RKFIT: Removed bug related to 'best'/'last' flag (was off by one index).
OTHER: Two new examples (FEAST, complex networks).
2.22015-09-28 RKFIT: changed default iteration number to 10; added return option to output 'best' (default) or 'last' approximant
RKFUN: reworked constructor and added support for symbolic strings; added gallery with Zolotarev rational functions, Moebius transforms, etc.; added support for composition with Moebius transforms, addition, multiplication, division, exponentiation; inverse function of Moebius transform; Newton correction in roots and 'real' option, also now using util_householder; now using some private functions; diff now samples at standard Ritz values
MOVE_POLES_IMPL: added 'real' option
OTHER: new front web page; new example on rational filter design; Content.m and License.txt files added; restructured the test folder and added several new tests
2.12015-07-14 RAT_KRYLOV: added option for a waitbar;
RKFIT: fixed reduction strategy to achieve scaling-invariance for F and b;
OTHER: new utility functions (util_discretise_polygon, util_linearise_nlep), new examples on (non)linear eigenvalue problems and the semiseparable structure of rational Krylov projections
2.02015-06-13 RAT_KRYLOV: new pencil structure for (A,B) supported, allowing the use of function handles; allows for rerunning an existing rational Arnoldi decomposition; allows to expand an existing decomposition; parameter structure; supports classical and modified GS with or without reorthogonalisation; can do one iteration of iterative refinement for the linear system solves; fixed bug with near 0 poles;
HH2TH: can now deal with real-valued quasi-Hessenberg pencils;
RKFIT: generalized to nondiagonal approximants; automated degree reduction; allows for multiple "functions" F and a block of vectors in b; allows for weighting matrices D; changed to relative misfit; added output structure for more insight; rational function now returned as an RKFUN object; added utility function to convert data to real form if possible;
RKFUN: more efficient evaluation via rerunning; implemented as a class with 24 new methods; including root-finding, conversion to partial fraction form, and differentiation;
OTHER: new utils subfolder; added several examples and tests
1.02015-02-04First version of the toolbox

Planned features

The Rational Krylov Toolbox is under continuous development and new features will be added over time. Here is our current todo list:


This web site was generated using MATLAB's publish command. The convenient 3-line Matlab code for automated download and installation of this toolbox was adapted from a similar code on the Chebfun website.

We are grateful to Pavel Holoborodko for providing and maintaining the powerful Advanpix multiprecision toolbox [1], and to Toby Driscoll for allowing us to include two elliptic function routines from [6].

We also acknowledge contributions to the example collection by Mary Aprahamian and Alex Townsend.


[1] Advanpix LLC., Multiprecision Computing Toolbox for MATLAB, ver, Tokyo, Japan, 2017.

[2] M. Berljafa and S. Güttel, A Rational Krylov Toolbox for MATLAB, MIMS EPrint 2014.56, Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK, 2014. Available at

[3] M. Berljafa and S. Güttel, Generalized rational Krylov decompositions with an application to rational approximation, SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl., 36(2):894--916, 2015.

[4] M. Berljafa and S. Güttel, The RKFIT algorithm for nonlinear rational approximation, MIMS EPrint 2015.38, Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK, 2015. Available at

[5] M. Berljafa and S. Güttel, Parallelization of the rational Arnoldi algorithm, MIMS EPrint 2016.32, Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK, 2016. Available at Accepted for publication in SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 2017.

[6] T. A. Driscoll, A MATLAB toolbox for Schwarz-Christoffel mapping, ACM Trans. Math. Soft., 22:168--186, 1996.

[7] S. Güttel and L. Knizhnerman, A black-box rational Arnoldi variant for Cauchy--Stieltjes matrix functions, BIT Numer. Math., 53(3):595--616, 2013.

[8] A. Ruhe, Rational Krylov: A practical algorithm for large sparse nonsymmetric matrix pencils, SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 19(5):1535--1551, 1998.