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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 http://octave.org/doc/interpreter

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: https://my.fsf.org/donate/working-together/octave.

"IRC [irc:irc.freenode.net/octave irc:irc.freenode.net/octave] " IRC Help channel
[irc:irc.freenode.net/octave irc:irc.freenode.net/octave]
"IRC [irc:irc.gnu.org/gnu irc:irc.gnu.org/gnu] " IRC general channel
[irc:irc.gnu.org/gnu irc:irc.gnu.org/gnu]
"IRC [irc:irc.freenode.net/octave irc:irc.freenode.net/octave] " IRC development channel
[irc:irc.freenode.net/octave irc:irc.freenode.net/octave]

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:octave


Download version 4.2.0 (stable)
released on 14 November 2016



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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 Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/nurbs
Communications package for octavecommunications package for Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/communications
Computational geometry for octavegeometric computing functions for Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/geometry/
Control package for octavecontrol functions for Octave from Octave-Forgehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/control
dataframeData manipulation toolbox similar to r data.framehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/dataframe/


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv3orlaterGenium23 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

John W. Eaton Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperBug Trackinghttp://www.gnu.org/software/octave/bugs.html
Network Theory LtdGeneralhttp://www.network-theory.co.uk/octave/manual/
User & DeveloperDownloadhttp://ftpmirror.gnu.org/octave/
SupportMailing List Subscribehttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-octave
Planet OctaveGeneralhttp://planet.octave.org/
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/
Octave ForgeHomepagehttps://octave.sourceforge.io/index.html

Software prerequisites

Required to buildlibstdc++
Required to buildfortran
Weak prerequisitegnuplot
Weak prerequisiteless
Required to buildGNU make
Required to builda recent version of g++

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


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