GNU Octave

GNU Octave

MATLAB open-source alternative

John W. Eaton

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MATLAB open-source alternative
GNU Octave is a programming language with an integrated development environment (IDE) full of tools to model and simulate a variety of natural and artificial systems that have applications in engineering and science. Octave is cross-platform software with Windows, Linux, Mac, and BSD versions available. Download GNU Octave one of the best MATLAB alternatives by clicking the download button on this page.

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GNU Octave




DescriptionMATLAB alternativeMATLAB open-source alternativeHigh-performance programming languageOpen-source computer algebra systemExtensive open-source scientific packageFree scientific modeling software
The good
  • Free and open-source alternative to MATLAB.
  • Contains many functions and tools to simulate and model human and natural systems.
  • A programming language compatible with the MATLAB programming language.
  • Free and open-source.
  • All-in-one software environment for mathematical modeling.
  • Ability to extend functionality with packages.
  • Free and open-source.
  • High-performance dynamic language close in speed to static languages.
  • General-purpose programming language.
  • Integrated full debugger.
  • Ability to call libraries from other languages such as C, Python, and Fortran.
  • Free and open-source.
  • Cross-platform.
  • Includes a lot of tools and functions to symbolically and numerically solve equations from many fields of mathematics.
  • Ability to plot functions in 2D and 3D.
  • Free and open-source.
  • A comprehensive software that includes more than 80 scientific packages.
  • A large and active community of users.
  • It can be used from a Jupyter Notebook.
  • Free and open-source.
  • Integrated graphical editor (Xcos).
  • The user can create functions and scripts similar to MATLAB.
  • An active community of users from different disciplines.
  • Many built-in functions and numerical methods.
The bad
  • Does not have a large community and academic support compared to MATLAB and GNU Octave.
  • Does not support addons and GUI applications.
  • None.
  • Relatively new and lacks learning resources.
  • None.
  • There is no option to select certain packages to install, all packages are bundled into a single installation file.
  • There is a lack of tutorials, learning resources and documentation compared to other open-source projects.
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Last update2019-09-102019-04-152019-10-282021-07-232019-10-262019-10-28
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