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. The program is named after Octave Levenspiel, a former professor of the principal author. GNU Octave is normally used through its interactive interface (CLI and GUI), but it can also be used to write non-interactive programs. The project was conceived around 1988 and at first it was intended to be a companion to a chemical reactor design course. The GNU Octave language is largely compatible to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable. In addition, functions known from the C standard library and from UNIX system calls and functions are supported. C/C++ and Fortran code can be called from Octave by creating Oct-Files, or using Matlab compatible Mex-Files.
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Get installers and sources from https://www.octave.org/download.
Are you using an old version of Octave? Check the Release History page to see how old it is.
- July 28, 2020 — Read about the Online Developer Meeting (2020-07-28).
- July 7, 2020 — Try out our new user and developer forum Octave Discourse.
- May 5, 2020 — Congratulations! Abdallah Elshamy works with GNU Octave during Google Summer of Code 2020. More information.
- August 8, 2023 — GNU Octave 8.3.0 has been released (see above)!
- Octave Discourse - Forum for Octave users and developers.
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- GNU Octave documentation
- Other support options
- Installing packages
- Creating packages
- Octave Forge — A collection of high quality packages for GNU Octave.
We always need more help improving Octave and there are many ways you can contribute. You can help by fixing bugs, developing new features, answering questions on the mailing list or IRC channel, helping to improve this wiki or other web pages.
- Get an overview about the GNU Octave development.
- Take a look at our project ideas and Summer of Code project ideas.
- Publications using Octave — A compilation of scientific publications making reference to GNU Octave (add yours!).