Octave for GNU/Linux

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The recommended way for installing Octave on GNU/Linux systems is via each distribution's package installation system. If this is for some reason not possible, or the available Octave version too old, consider using a distribution independent approach described below.

Arch Linux

Main article: Octave for Arch Linux
pacman -S octave

Debian and Debian-based (such as Ubuntu)

Main article: Octave for Debian systems
apt install octave
apt install liboctave-dev  # development files


Main article: Octave for Red Hat Linux systems
dnf install octave
dnf install octave-devel  # development files


emerge --ask sci-mathematics/octave

openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise

Main article: Octave for openSUSE
zypper install octave
zypper install octave-devel  # development files

Red Hat Enterprise/CentOS

Main article: Octave for Red Hat Linux systems
yum install epel-release
yum install octave
yum install octave-devel  # development files

If the above does not work, follow these instructions to set up your system to install packages from EPEL.


Main article: Octave for Slackware

Distribution independent

Using a distribution independent approach is particularly useful if you have an older GNU/Linux distribution or if you do not have root access on your system. A common drawback of this approach is, that these solutions are running in some kind of sandbox. Thus limitations in the communication with the underlying system may exist. For example, executing system binaries outside the sandbox might be impossible.


Octave is available as a Docker container on mtmiller/octave Docker Hub. Using Docker, Octave can be run in a well-defined, minimal GNU/Linux container (sandbox). It can be used as a standard interactive Octave shell or to run scripts, but it may be mostly of interest to developers for use in automated build, test, or CI environments.

docker pull mtmiller/octave


Main article: https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.octave.Octave
flatpak install flathub org.octave.Octave


Main article: https://guix.gnu.org/packages/octave-5.1.0/

Homebrew on Linux

"Homebrew on Linux" was formerly a fork known as Linuxbrew. It is possible to install the current release of Octave or the development version and any needed dependencies within your home directory.

Once Homebrew is installed, Octave can be installed with the command:

brew install octave


Main article: MXE


Main article: https://snapcraft.io/octave
snap install octave --beta