# 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 MATLABĀ® so that most programs are easily portable.

This wiki is intended to supplement the GNU Octave documentation. Before adding content, please check that it is not already part of, or belongs in, the documentation and read the Contribution guidelines.

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## [edit] GNU Octave FAQ

The FAQ is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for GNU Octave users and a good place to start.

Answers to questions regarding what is Octave, licensing, new features, documentation, installation, coding, contributing to Octave, and more, are found there.

## [edit] Table of contents

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.

### [edit] Installation

- Octave for Microsoft Windows
- Octave for MinGW
- Octave for MacOS X
- Octave for GNU/Linux
- Octave for other Unix systems

### [edit] Packages

#### [edit] Octave-Forge

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

### [edit] Editors

- 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.)

### [edit] Tutorials/Examples

- Octave Basics - For those just getting started.
- 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

#### [edit] Plotting tutorials

### [edit] Development

- Release 3.8 - Information about the upcoming 3.8 release.
- Roadmap - Future plans for the development of Octave
- International Characters Support - Using Octave in your own language.

#### [edit] Building

#### [edit] Testing

#### [edit] Packaging

### [edit] Academia

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

### [edit] Project Ideas

## [edit] External Links

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