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GNU Octave
High-level language for numerical computations

Octave is a high-level interpreted language that is specialized for numerical computations. It can be used for both linear and non-linear applications and it provides great support for visualizing results. Work may be performed both at the interactive command-line as well as via script files.


A full description of Octave capabilities is available at

N.B. The Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable. There is support for editing both in Emacs.


Donations to support the software can also be made at:

"IRC irc:// " IRC Help channel
"IRC irc:// " IRC general channel
"IRC irc:// " IRC development channel

Related Projects

Extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons for this program

Collection of routines for the creation and manipulation of non-uniform rational b-splines (nurbs)non-uniform rational B-splines for Octave
Communications package for octavecommunications package for Octave
Computational geometry for octavegeometric computing functions for Octave
Control package for octavecontrol functions for Octave from Octave-Forge
Signal package for octavesignal processing functions for Octave
dataframeData manipulation toolbox similar to r data.frame
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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterGenium23 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

John W. Eaton Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
NetBSD Homepage
Octave Forge Homepage
Developer Homepage
Network Theory Ltd General
Guix Homepage
User & Developer Download
Debian Homepage
Support Mailing List Subscribe
Gentoo Homepage
Wiki General
Developer Bug Tracking
FreeBSD Homepage
Planet Octave General
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build libstdc++
Required to build fortran
Weak prerequisite less
Weak prerequisite gnuplot
Required to build GNU make
Required to build a recent version of g++

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 January 2017.


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