Windows Installer

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GNU Octave is primarily developed on GNU/Linux and other POSIX conformal systems. There have been many efforts in the past to build ports of GNU Octave for Windows. Take a look at the various ports of Octave available for Windows here.

Recently some work has been done in maintaining a unified build system mxe-octave (a fork of MXE) which anyone can use to produce cross as well as native builds of GNU Octave for Windows and Mac OS X platforms. This page contains instructions about creating a Windows installer using mxe-octave.

Installing requirements of MXE Octave

MXE Octave requires a recent Unix system where all components as stated below are installed.

Debian (GNU/kFreeBSD & GNU/Linux)

aptitude install -R autoconf automake bash bison bzip2 \

                   cmake flex gettext git g++ intltool \
                   libffi-dev libtool libltdl-dev openssl libssl-dev \
                   libxml-parser-perl make patch perl \
                   pkg-config scons sed unzip wget \
                   xz-utils yasm

On 64-bit Debian, install also:

aptitude install -R g++-multilib libc6-dev-i386

If you are using Ubuntu, then you can do apt-get install foo instead of aptitude install -R foo

Steps to create Windows Installer

  1. Install all requirements for compiling GNU Octave. (Some help for Debian users)
  2. hg clone http://hg.octave.org/mxe-octave/
  3. cd mxe-octave
  4. autoconf
  5. ./configure
  6. ./mk-dist --installer