GNU Octave  4.5.0+
A high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations, mostly compatible with Matlab

Copyright (C) 1996-2017 John W. Eaton


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. GNU Octave is normally used through its interactive interface (CLI and GUI), but it can also be used to write non-interactive programs. The GNU Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable.

GNU Octave is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

GNU Octave is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Octave; see the file COPYING. If not, see


The latest released version of Octave is always available from and many mirror sites around the world. You may also find links to binary distributions at The current development sources may be found under the Source Code tab on Savannah.


Octave requires approximately 1.4 GB of disk storage to unpack and compile from source (significantly less, 400 MB, if you don't compile with debugging symbols). Once installed, Octave requires approximately 350 MB of disk space (again, considerably less, 70 MB, if you don't build shared libraries or the binaries and libraries do not include debugging symbols).

To compile Octave, you will need a recent version of:

Octave's Makefiles use features of GNU Make that are not present in other versions of make. If you use f2c, you will need a script like fort77 that works like a normal Fortran compiler by combining f2c with your C compiler in a single script.

See the notes in the files INSTALL.OCTAVE and the system-specific README files in the etc directory of the Octave source distribution for more detailed installation instructions.

Bugs and Patches

The file BUGS explains the recommended procedure for reporting bugs on the bug tracker or contributing patches.


  • Octave's manual is a comprehensive user guide covering introductive and more advanced topics.
  • Octave's wiki is a user community page, covering various topics and answering FAQ.
  • Octave's Doxygen documentation explains the C++ class libraries.

Partially, the up-to-dateness of the documentation is lagging a bit behind the development of the software. If you notice omissions or inconsistencies, please report them at our bug tracker. Specific suggestions for ways to improve Octave and its documentation are always welcome. Reports with patches are even more welcome.

Additional Information

Up to date information about Octave is available on the WWW at, or ask for help via email