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Based on the MXE project there is an MXE-Octave fork available to allow cross compiling Octave to various target systems.

Examples of compilation for different platforms

  • Compiling for Windows.
  1. There is some further information for using mxe-octave to build an Windows installer here: Windows_Installer.


  • Compiling for your Linux system.
  1. Download MXE-Octave as a compressed file.
  2. Unpack it in ~ or somewhere suitable.
  3. cd into the directory (called ~/mxe-octave-123456789 or similiar).
  4. Type: autoconf
  5. Type: ./configure --enable-64 --enable-native-build --enable-pic-flag host_alias=gnu-linux --enable-openblas --enable-jit
  6. Type: make
  7. Type: make openblas
  8. Octave will exist in ~/mxe-octave-123456789/usr/bin
  9. Add to your .bashrc file: alias octave=~/mxe-octave-123456789/usr/bin/octave


  • Compiling for a different Linux system.


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