Setting up VOT workspace

Download VOT toolkit from git repository (, either

  • by using git command line : git clone


  • by downloading a zip file
Download zip VOT toolkit

From now on we are assuming you have toolkit in vot-toolkit directory. It is recommended that you add at least this directory to default path list in Matlab/Octave. Then create an empty directory that will be used to perform your experiments. We will call this directory vot-workspace.

  1. Run toolkit_path to ensure that all the required subdirectories are in matlab path (you must be in vot-toolkit directory or have have the vot-toolkit directory in the path list for this to work).
  2. Go to vot-workspace directory. Run matlab and execute workspace_create command.
  3. Select an experiment stack that you want to use (e.g. vot2013 denotes the VOT2013 benchmark experiment stack).
  4. Enter the unique indentifier of your tracker (e.g. NCC for norm-crosscorrelation tracker).
  5. Select the interpreter used in your tracker (or none if the tracker is compiled into an executable).

    Workspace setup guide

The script will automatically initialize the toolkit environment, generate a workspace configuration file vot-workspace/configuration.m and a configuration file template for your tracker (e.g. vot-workspace/tracker_NCC.m). Note that your tracker is not configured yet, for more information on how to correctly set up the tracker, you should check the integration tutorial.