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Octave for Microsoft Windows

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Remove note about Win XP and package installation issues, as we do no longer support that OS. Some minor improvement.
:''This article is about using pre-built installers of Octave for Windows; for instructions about building it, see [[Windows Installer]].''
{{Note|Windows installers are available for the latest version of '''Octave ({{Release}}, released on {{Release Date}}) ''' from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/. }} Users are encouraged to use the latest version unless a specific feature or requirement warrants using an older version of the software. Version specific instructions and installation notes are provided below. :'''Note:''' As of version 4.4.1, '''Octave no longer supports Windows XP'''. There may be some workarounds to get Octave installed and running in command line mode (see Bug {{bug|54662}}), but maintainers cannot provide support and troubleshooting for this beyond what has already been documented.
=Installers for Microsoft Windows=
The easiest way to install GNU Octave on Microsoft Windows is by using [http://hg.octave.org/mxe-octave/ MXE] builds. For the current release, both 32-bit and 64-bit installers and zip archived packages (.zip and .7z formats) can be found at https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/windows/.
* For executable installers, : the user can simply run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen installation prompts. It is recommended that the installation path does not include spaces or non-ASCII characters. Shortcuts to the program will be created automatically. For the zip archives, the user should extract the file content to a directory on the harddrive (such as {{Path|C:\Octave}}). Manual shortcuts can then be created to either the {{Path|octave.bat}} or {{Path|octave.vbs}} files in the main installation directory.
'''Note that starting with * For the 7z/zip archives: # Extract the file content to a directory on the harddrive (such as {{Path|C:\Octave 4}}).4Spaces or non-ASCII characters in the path are discouraged and may cause program errors.0, # Manually create a shortcut to the shortcuts will no longer start {{Path|octave.vbs}} file in the graphical user interface by defaultmain installation directory. The user needs (Right-click on the file, select 'Create Shortcut', and move the new shortcut to add <code>your desired location.) # If a command--force-gui</code> to any manual shortcuts to start line only instance of Octave with is desired, the GUI. (Rightuser can create a shortcut as stated above, right-click on the shortcut, select Properties, and add <code>--forceno-gui</code> to the end of the Target field.)'''# Run the {{Path|post-install.bat}} file before running Octave the first time to reduce plot delays due to the Windows font cache and make the pre-installed packages visible to the system.
==Packages==
A selection of pre-built, [[Octave Forge]] packages are prepared included with for all versions of the official Windows release. If you installed Octave using following the executable installer, installation directions above you can confirm the package list by typing the command below at the Octave command prompt:
>> pkg list
If instead you installed A typical output (for version {{Release}}) is: Package Name | Version | Installation directory --------------------+---------+----------------------- communications | 1.2.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\communications-1.2.1 control | 3.1.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\control-3.1.0 data-smoothing | 1.3.0 | C:\Octave from the \OCTAVE~1.zip archive, you need first to rebuild the package list on your local machine0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\data-smoothing-1. (The command above will produce a blank output and 3.0 database | 2.4.3 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\database-2.4.3 dataframe | 1.2.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\dataframe-1.2.0 dicom | 0.2.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\dicom-0.2.1 financial | 0.5.3 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\financial-0.5.3 fits | 1.0.7 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\fits-1.0.7 fuzzy-logic-toolkit | 0.4.5 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\fuzzy-logic-toolkit-0.4.5 ga | 0.10.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\ga-0.10.0 general | 2.1.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\general-2.1.0 generate_html | 0.3.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\generate_html-0.3.1 geometry | 3.0.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\geometry-3.0.0 gsl | 2.1.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\gsl-2.1.1 image | 2.10.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\image-2.10.0 instrument-control | 0.3.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\instrument-control-0.3.1 interval | 3.2.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\interval-3.2.0 io | 2.4.12 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\io-2.4.12 linear-algebra | 2.2.2 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\linear-algebra-2.2.2 lssa | 0.1.3 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\lssa-0.1.3 ltfat | 2.3.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\ltfat-2.3.1 mapping | 1.2.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\mapping-1.2.1 miscellaneous | 1.2.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\miscellaneous-1.2.1 nan | 3.1.4 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\nan-3.1.4 netcdf | 1.0.12 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\netcdf-1.0.12 nurbs | 1.3.13 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\nurbs-1.3.13 ocs | 0.1.5 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\ocs-0.1.5 odepkg | 0.8.5 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\odepkg-0.8.5 optim | 1.5.3 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\optim-1.5.3 optiminterp | 0.3.5 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\optiminterp-0.3.5 quaternion | 2.4.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\quaternion-2.4.0 queueing | 1.2.6 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\queueing-1.2.6 signal | 1.4.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\signal-1.4.0 sockets | 1.2.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\sockets-1.2.0 sparsersb | 1.0.6 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\sparsersb-1.0.6 specfun | 1.1.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\specfun-1.1.0 splines | 1.3.2 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\splines-1.3.2 statistics | 1.4.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\statistics-1.4.0 stk | 2.5.1 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\stk-2.5.1 strings | 1.2.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\strings-1.2.0 struct | 1.0.15 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\struct-1.0.15 tisean | 0.2.3 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\tisean-0.2.3 tsa | 4.4.5 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\tsa-4.4.5 video | 1.2.4 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\video-1.2.4 windows | 1.3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages will be inaccessible before rebuilding\windows-1.3.0 zeromq | 1.) Do this by typing the following command3.0 | C:\Octave\OCTAVE~1.0-W\mingw64\share\octave\packages\zeromq-1.3.0
If Octave was installed from a zip of 7z archive, you may need to run:
>> pkg rebuild
The package list should now be populated with the pre-installed packages. All packages can be updated to the latest version by running:
>> pkg update
Detailed instructions for installing individual Octave Forge packages are given at https://octave.sourceforge.io/packages.php.
 '''Note that a security related issue in Windows XP currently prevents Octave from retrieving packages from the website automatically. When running under that Operating System manual package installation is necessary.''' =GNU Octave 4.4.1 on [https://cygwin.com/ cygwin]=
*'''Maintainer:''' Marco Atzeri

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