# GNU Octave Wiki

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation. GNU Octave is normally used through its interactive interface (CLI and GUI), but it can also be used to write non-interactive programs. The GNU Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable.

## Installing[edit]

**NOTICE:** GNU Octave 3.8.2 is the current stable release.

## Getting help with GNU Octave[edit]

- Read the GNU Octave documentation
- The frequently asked questions (FAQ) list is good place to start with answers to questions regarding what is Octave, licensing, new features, documentation, installation, coding, contributing to Octave, and more, are found there.
- Continue reading this wiki and feel free to add further content (please check that it is not already part of, or belongs in, the documentation and read the Contribution guidelines).
- Other support options

## Contents

## Advanced topics[edit]

Below is a temporary attempt to organize the "most wanted" pages of the Wiki. A list of all pages on the wiki can be seen here. To locate something specific, try the wiki's search box, or prepend site:http://www.octave.org/wiki/ to a google search. Please read the Contribution guidelines first, if you want to contribute to this Wiki.

### Packages[edit]

#### Octave-Forge[edit]

- bim Solve Partial Differential Equaltions with a Finite Element method
- CGI Common Gateway Interface for Octave
- Dicom
- fem-fenics Interface to FEnics FEM library
- Geometry
- Image acquisition Capture images, for example from v4l2 hardware like webcams
- Instrument control
- Interval Real-valued interval arithmetic
- I/O
- Java
- Mechanics
- ncArray High-level interface of accessing a single or a collection of NetCDF files as a multi-dimensional array
- netcdf matlab-compatible NetCDF package
- octcdf NetCDF package (old)
- optiminterp Optimal interpolation
- parallel
- Sockets
- Video

### Editors[edit]

- Gedit
- Emacs
- Nano
- Vim
- Kate
- Octclipse (Windows and GNU/Linux only. The Octclipse developers are seeking individuals to assist with MacOS X support.)
- DomainMath IDE (Windows,GNU/Linux and Mac OS.)
- GNU Octave syntax highlight files (Syntax highlight definitions for some editors. Contibutions are welcome)

### Tutorials/Examples[edit]

- Octave Basics - For those just getting started.
- Octave introduction script
- Tips and tricks - Guidelines to improve your coding skills.
- Cookbook - Several simple and useful examples.
- Octave load - Use liboctave functions to load variables from a file in Octave's binary format.
- Fortran - Accessing liboctave from a Fortran 2003 program.
- Octave fun - Coding can be fun -- miscellaneous more or less funny scripts
- Video tutorials
- Plotting tutorials

### Development[edit]

- 4.0 Release Checklist - Release procedure for next major version of Octave with GUI support
- International Characters Support - Using Octave in your own language.

#### Building[edit]

#### Testing[edit]

#### Packaging[edit]

### Academia[edit]

- Publications using Octave - A compilation of scientific publications making reference to GNU Octave (add yours!).

### Project Ideas[edit]

## External Links[edit]

- Octave Homepage
- Octave Forge
- GNU Octave - Bug Tracker
- GNU Octave - Task Tracker
- GNU Octave - Patch Tracker
- GNU Octave - Mercurial Repositories
- Planet Octave (blogs from Octave's GSoC and SoCiS students)