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GNU Octave is primarily developed on GNU/Linux and other POSIX conformal systems. The ports of GNU Octave to Windows use different approaches to get most of the original Octave and adapt it to Microsoft Windows idiosyncrasies (eg: dynamic libraries, file paths, permissions, environment variables, GUI system, etc). Bear this in mind and don't panic if you get unexpected results. There are a lot of suggestions on the mailing lists for tuning your Octave installation.

About version numbers (March 2011):

  • The 3.4.x are current releases.
  • The 3.2.x are previous releases.

Standalone ports

Octave 3.2.4 for Windows MinGW32

Download: http://sourceforge.net/projects/octave/files/Octave_Windows%20-%20MinGW/Octave%203.2.4%20for%20Windows%20MinGW32%20Installer/Octave-3.2.4_i686-pc-mingw32_gcc-4.4.0_setup.exe/download

Maintainer: Benjamin Lindner

Latest release: 2010-03-25

Includes:

  • GNU Octave, version 3.2.4 (i686-pc-mingw32)
  • atlas 3.8.2
  • mingw32 (GCC 4.4.0 on http://www.mingw.org )
  • gnuplot Version 4.4.0 specially prepared for octave
  • mini-MSYS 1.0.11
  • notepad++ 5.6.7 as text editor
  • Some components of octave-forge packages
    • actuarial-1.1.0 (New!)
    • audio-1.1.4
    • benchmark-1.1.1
    • bim-1.0.0 (New!)
    • bioinfo-0.1.2
    • combinatorics-1.0.9
    • communications-1.0.10
    • control-1.0.11
    • data-smoothing-1.2.0
    • econometrics-1.0.8
    • fenv-0.1.0 (New!)
    • financial-0.3.2
    • fixed-0.7.10
    • fpl-1.0.0 (New!)
    • ga-0.9.7
    • general-1.2.0 (updated)
    • generate_html-0.1.2 (New!)
    • gnuplot-1.0.1 (New!)
    • gpc-0.1.7
    • gsl-1.0.8
    • ident-1.0.7
    • image-1.0.10
    • informationtheory-0.1.8
    • integration-1.0.7
    • io-1.0.11 (updated)
    • irsa-1.0.7
    • java-1.2.7 (New!)
    • jhandles-0.3.5 (New!)
    • linear-algebra-1.0.8
    • mapping-1.0.7
    • miscellaneous-1.0.9
    • missing-functions-1.0.2
    • msh-1.0.0 (New!)
    • nlwing2-1.1.1 (New!)
    • nnet-0.1.10
    • nurbs-1.0.3 (New!)
    • ocs-0.0.4 (New!)
    • oct2mat-1.0.7 (New!)
    • octcdf-1.0.17 (updated 1.0.17+)
    • octgpr-1.1.5 (New!)
    • odebvp-1.0.6
    • odepkg-0.6.10 (updated)
    • optim-1.0.12 (updated)
    • optiminterp-0.3.2
    • outliers-0.13.9
    • physicalconstants-0.1.7
    • plot-1.0.7
    • quaternion-1.0.0
    • signal-1.0.10
    • simp-1.1.0 (New!)
    • sockets-1.0.5
    • specfun-1.0.8
    • special-matrix-1.0.7
    • spline-gcvspl-1.0.8 (New!)
    • splines-1.0.7
    • statistics-1.0.9
    • strings-1.0.7
    • struct-1.0.7
    • symband-1.0.10 (New!)
    • symbolic-1.0.9
    • time-1.0.9
    • video-1.0.2 (New!)
    • windows-1.0.8(updated to 1.0.8+)
    • zenity-0.5.7

Notes:

Additional important topics found after the release:

     pkg rebuild -noauto oct2mat
  • at the octave prompt and then restart octave. The operation results in the oct2mat package not to be auto-loaded in startup. When you want to use oct2mat, execute "pkg load oct2mat" command.
  • The plot octave-forge package still have ginput code although the ginput function is now merge into octave itself. Therefore conflict occur if the plot package is installed. To avoid this problem, rename 'ginput.m' in the folder .....\Octave\3.2.4_gcc-4.4.0\share\octave\packages\plot-1.0.7, for example ginput.ob.m. In some computers which has one core CPU, response of ginput is very slow. In the case, modify '__gnuplot_ginput__.m' according to the following thread. http://old.nabble.com/ginput-on-Octave-3.2.4-mingw32-to28093888.html
  • From gnuplot-4.4.0, the default terminal of gnuplot for windows is the wxt terminal. Some users may set the GNUTERM environmental variable for the windows terminal being default. The gnuplot for windows allows to set GNUTERM to 'win' (abbreviated form) but octave does not recognize the abbreviated form for terminal name. If one would like set GNUTERM to windows terminal, one should specify it as 'windows' (full form) but not 'win' (abbreviated form). In detail see the following thread: http://old.nabble.com/flicking-problem-again-Octave-3.2.4-mingw32-td28038688.html

Octave-3.4.2-mingw + octaveforge pkgs

  1. Octave-3.4.2-mingw (without pkgs)
    Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_20110914.7z - MD5:4AA0DD4C97F73B2E9E0F7370CD8AD719 - http://www.multiupload.com/TCUHKNNH9S
  2. Octaveforge pkgs, built for Octave-3.4.2-mingw
    Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_20111014.7z - MD5:49097AF3C6FC6CDB58EE83F510A50993 - http://www.multiupload.com/DCWFZOUGZA

Maintainer: Nitzan Arazi Latest update: 2011-10-14

Packages are archived by the 7zip. The 7zip software can be download from http://www.7-zip.org/

Includes:

   GNU Octave, version 3.4.2 (i686-pc-mingw32)
   A new fltk graphics_toolkit is available
   gnuplot 4.4.3
   fig2dev 3.2.5c
   ghostscript 9.0.2
   PSTOEDIT 3.50
   Msys + MinGW? tool chains
   some Octave-forge packages 
   actuarial-1.1.0 
   ad-1.0.6 
   audio-1.1.4 
   benchmark-1.1.1 
   bim-1.0.2 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   bioinfo-0.1.2 
   civil-engineering-1.0.7 
   communications-1.1.0 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   control-2.2.0 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   data-smoothing-1.2.3 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   dataframe-0.8.2 
   econometrics-1.0.8 
   fenv-0.1.0 
   financial-0.3.2 
   fpl-1.2.0 
   fuzzy-logic-toolkit-0.2.4 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   ga-0.9.8 
   general-1.2.2 
   generate_html-0.1.3 
   geometry-1.1.3 (added on 2011-10-14) 
   gnuplot-1.0.1 
   gpc-0.1.7 
   gsl-1.0.8 
   ident-1.0.7 
   image-1.0.15 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   informationtheory-0.1.8 
   integration-1.0.7 
   io-1.0.15 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   irsa-1.0.7 
   java-1.2.8 (Updated 2011-09-07) 
   linear-algebra-2.0.0_svn20111014 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   mapping-1.0.7 
   mechanics-1.1.0 (added on 2011-10-14) 
   miscellaneous-1.0.11 (Updated 2011-09-14) 
   missing-functions-1.0.2 
   msh-1.0.2 
   multicore-0.2.15 
   nlwing2-1.2.0 
   nnet-0.1.13 
   nurbs-1.3.5 (Updated 2011-10-14) 
   ocs-0.1.1 
   oct2mat-1.0.7 
   octclip-1.0.0 
   octgpr-1.2.0 
   odebvp-1.0.6 
   odepkg-0.8.0 
   optim-1.0.16 
   optiminterp-0.3.3 
   outliers-0.13.9 
   physicalconstants-0.1.7 
   plot-1.0.8 
   quaternion-1.0.0 
   secs1d-0.0.8 
   secs2d-0.0.8 
   secs3d-0.0.1 (added on 2011-10-14) 
   signal-1.0.11 
   simp-1.1.0 
   sockets-1.0.7_svn20111014 (updated 2011-10-14) 
   specfun-1.0.9 
   special-matrix-1.0.7 
   spline-gcvspl-1.0.8 
   splines-1.0.7 
   statistics-1.0.10 
   strings-1.0.7 
   struct-1.0.9 
   symband-1.0.10 
   symbolic-1.0.9 
   tcl-octave-0.1.8 
   time-1.0.9 
   tsa-4.1.1 
   video-1.0.2 
   vrml-1.0.12_svn20111014_patched (added 2011-10-14) 
   windows-1.1.0 (Updated 2011-09-07) 
   xraylib-1.0.8 
   zenity-0.5.7

Installation of the Octave package:

   Read readme.txt in Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_20110914.7z
   Unzip to a directory which doesn't have space chars i.e. C:\Octave\Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2\ keeping the directory structure in the archive.
   Copy octave.lnk to any convenient location and edit its properties respectively to point to octave.exe and octave.ico.

Installation of the Octave-forge packages:

   Read Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_readme.txt and Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_changes.txt in Octave3.4.2_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_20110914.7z.
   In order to update octave_packages database and auto-load most packages (excluding 'ad' and 'windows' which may crash octave when loaded and 'clear all' is executed), launch Octave and execute:
       pkg rebuild -auto
       pkg rebuild -noauto ad windows
   You can adjust your installed packages status per your specific needs and usage by executing one of the following commands:
   a. To interactively load or unload a package
       pkg load <pkg_name>
   or
       pkg unload <pkg_name>
   b. To disable auto-load for specific pkg <pkg_name>
       pkg rebuild -noauto <pkg_name>
   c. To enable auto-load for specific pkg <pkg_name>
       pkg rebuild -auto <pkg_name>
   d. To completely uninstall a package
       pkg uninstall <pkg_name>       

Notes

   For details, please see http://old.nabble.com/Octave-3.4.2-mingw-%2B-octaveforge-pkgs-to32394771.html
   This archive doesn't contain any editor ! 
   In order to install Notepad++ (recommended) as an editor: 
   a. download the installation package from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ 
   b. install, edit <your octave dir>\share\octave\site\m\startup\octaverc 
   c. un-comment the line which sets octave default editor: EDITOR('C:\\Program Files\\Notepad++\\notepad++.exe'); 
   Octave Binaries are built by Tatsuro Matsuoka (http://www.tatsuromatsuoka.com/octave/Eng/Win/)
   Octave manual (octave-3.4.2.pdf.zip, octave-3.4.2.html.zip) can be download from http://www.tatsuromatsuoka.com/octave/Eng/Win/

1.3. Octave-3.4.3-mingw + octaveforge pkgs

   a. Octave-3.4.3-mingw (without pkgs)
       Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_20111025.7z - MD5:5AA004D933E000E762AE2AE95573ACBD - http://www.multiupload.com/KDQ1N463UW 
   b. Octaveforge pkgs, built for Octave-3.4.3-mingw
       Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_20111026.7z - MD5:2987F6078B4AD161F2D23634D5109D61 - http://www.multiupload.com/7U6J23CSZ6 
   Maintainer: Nitzan Arazi
   Latest update: 2011-10-26
   Packages are archived by 7zip. 7zip software can be download from http://www.7-zip.org/

Includes:

   GNU Octave, version 3.4.3 (i686-pc-mingw32)
   A new fltk graphics_toolkit is available
   gnuplot 4.4.3
   fig2dev 3.2.5c
   ghostscript 9.0.2
   PSTOEDIT 3.50
   Msys + MinGW? tool chains
   PDF and html documentation
   some Octave-forge packages 
   actuarial-1.1.0 
   ad-1.0.6 
   audio-1.1.4 
   benchmark-1.1.1 
   bim-1.0.2 
   bioinfo-0.1.2 
   civil-engineering-1.0.7 
   combinatorics-1.0.9 
   communications-1.1.0_patched 
   control-2.2.0 
   data-smoothing-1.2.3 
   dataframe-0.8.2 
   econometrics-1.0.8 
   fenv-0.1.0 
   financial-0.3.2 
   fpl-1.2.0 
   fuzzy-logic-toolkit-0.2.4 
   ga-0.9.8 
   general-1.2.2 
   generate_html-0.1.3 
   geometry-1.2.0 
   gnuplot-1.0.1 
   gpc-0.1.7 
   gsl-1.0.8 
   ident-1.0.7 
   image-1.0.15 
   informationtheory-0.1.8 
   integration-1.0.7 
   io-1.0.15 + supporting java jars 
   irsa-1.0.7 
   java-1.2.8_patched + java.opts file 
   linear-algebra-2.0.0_svn20111014 
   mapping-1.0.7 
   mechanics-1.1.0 
   miscellaneous-1.0.11_svn20110912 
   missing-functions-1.0.2 
   msh-1.0.2 
   multicore-0.2.15 
   nlwing2-1.2.0 
   nnet-0.1.13 
   nurbs-1.3.5 
   ocs-0.1.1_patched 
   octclip-1.0.0 
   octgpr-1.2.0 
   odebvp-1.0.6 
   odepkg-0.8.0 
   optim-1.0.16 
   optiminterp-0.3.3 
   outliers-0.13.9 
   physicalconstants-0.1.7 
   plot-1.0.8 
   quaternion-1.0.0 
   secs1d-0.0.8 
   secs2d-0.0.8 
   secs3d-0.0.1 
   signal-1.0.11 
   simp-1.1.0 
   sockets-1.0.7_svn20111014 
   specfun-1.0.9 
   special-matrix-1.0.7 
   spline-gcvspl-1.0.8 
   splines-1.0.7 
   statistics-1.0.10 
   strings-1.0.7 
   struct-1.0.9 
   symband-1.0.10 
   symbolic-1.1.0 
   tcl-octave-0.1.8 
   time-1.0.9 
   tsa-4.1.1 
   video-1.0.2_patched 
   vrml-1.0.12_svn20111014_patched 
   windows-1.1.0 
   xraylib-1.0.8 
   zenity-0.5.7

Installation of the Octave package:

   Read readme.txt in Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_20111025.7z
   Unzip to a directory which doesn't have space chars i.e. C:\Octave\Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2\ keeping the directory structure in the archive.
   Copy octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2.lnk to any convenient location and edit its properties respectively to point to bin\octave.exe and share\octave\3.4.3\imagelib\octave-logo.ico.
   Copy octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_docs.lnk to any convenient location and edit its properties respectively to point to doc\octave and share\octave\3.4.3\imagelib\octave-logo.ico.

Installation of the Octave-forge packages:

   Read Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_readme.txt in Octave3.4.3_gcc4.5.2_pkgs_20111026.7z.
   In order to update octave_packages database and auto-load most packages (excluding 'ad' and 'windows' which may crash octave when loaded and 'clear all' is executed), launch Octave and execute:
       pkg rebuild -auto
       pkg rebuild -noauto ad windows
       pkg rebuild -auto java
   Last pkg rebuild command is required in order for the java pkg entry to be moved to the top of share\octave\octave_packages db file - thus java pkg is loaded before io pkg is loaded, and io pkg related jars are added to java class path.
   You can adjust your installed packages status per your specific needs and usage by executing one of the following commands:
   a. To interactively load or unload a package
       pkg load <pkg_name>
   or
       pkg unload <pkg_name>
   b. To disable auto-load for specific pkg <pkg_name>
       pkg rebuild -noauto <pkg_name>
   c. To enable auto-load for specific pkg <pkg_name>
       pkg rebuild -auto <pkg_name>
   d. To completely uninstall a package
       pkg uninstall <pkg_name>       

Notes

   This archive doesn't contain any editor ! 
   In order to install Notepad++ (recommended) as an editor: 
   a. download the installation package from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ 
   b. install, edit <your octave dir>\share\octave\site\m\startup\octaverc 
   c. un-comment the line which sets octave default editor: EDITOR('C:\\Program Files\\Notepad++\\notepad++.exe'); 
   Octave Binaries are built using Tatsuro Matsuka OctaveLibs?.zip and gplibs.zip (http://www.tatsuromatsuoka.com/octave/Eng/Win/)

2. Octave on Cygwin 2.1 Octave 3.4.2 on cygwin

   Web-Site: http://cygwin.com 
   Maintainer: Marco Atzeri 
   Latest release: 2011-10-03
   octave 3.4.2-3
   octave-forge packages octave-forge-20110730-1
   Please select them in Math category in the cygwin setup (using setup.exe).
   On Cygwin 1.7.9-1 the communication between octave and gnuplot is broken due to a cygwin bug. 
   Please use a cygwin snapshot or 1.7.8-1 until cygwin-1.7.10-1 is released. 
   Cygwin 1.7.8-1 is reported to currently work, but snapshots have 
   notable performance improvements, so they are recommended.

Notes:

   To install a cygwin snapshot:
   download cygwin1-20111020.dll.bz2 (current last) from 
   http://cygwin.com/snapshots/
   bunzip2 cygwin1-20111020.dll.bz2
   cp cygwin1-20111020.dll cygwin1.dll
   cp /bin/cygwin1.dll /bin/cygwin1.dll_backup

   exit all cygwin processes and from windows explorer 
   copy the cygwin1.dll snapshot to
   c:\cygwin\bin 
   (or in the equivalent directory of your cygwin installation).
   Graphics is based on X, so to plot you need to start octave within xterm (or similar).
   A new fltk graphics_toolkit is available, and the crash on "print" issue was solved on 3.4.2-3 using the patch proposed here: 
   https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?31641
   If a dlls collision arise, the correct invocation of the rebase utility within dash shell is:
   rebaseall -s "dll|so|oct"
   as octave dll's use unexpected ".oct" suffix for its own extension.
   For general build notes, see "etc/README.Cygwin".
   When building from development source (default branch) 
   "make check" passes almost all the tests. 
   Only, and not substantial, failures are:
   /pub/hg/octave/src/data.cc : 8 failures due to different handling of complex Inf on sort
   /pub/hg/octave/src/syscalls.cc: 1 failure on fork. This disappears when octave is installed
   /pub/hg/octave/scripts/sparse/svds.m: 1 failure due to test sensitivity on starting point. See 
   https://mailman.cae.wisc.edu/pipermail/octave-maintainers/2011-September/024715.html
   To build from cygwin source package, you need to install "cygport" and the relevant development libraries
   $ tar -xvjf octave-3.4.2-3-src.tar.bz2 
   gl2ps-print.patch 
   octave-3.4.2-3.cygport 
   octave-3.4.2-3.cygwin.patch 
   octave-3.4.2-3.src.patch 
   octave-3.4.2.tar.bz2
   $ cygport octave-3.4.2-3.cygport almostall
   see cygport documentation for further info.
   currently octave depends on the following packages 
   libgcc1-4.5.3-2 
   libgfortran3-4.5.3-2 
   libstdc++6-4.5.3-2 
   liblapack0-3.2.2-2 
   libreadline7-6.1.2-2 
   libfftw3_3-3.3-1 
   libqrupdate0-1.1.1-1 
   libGL1-7.10.3-1 
   zlib0-1.2.5-1 
   libfontconfig1-2.8.0-1 
   libhdf5_6-1.8.6-1 

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