Installing Octave on Mac OS X

April 27th, 2009 | Categories: Mac OS X, math software, matlab | Tags:

I’ve just discovered a blog bost where the author was installing Octave on a Mac.  Looks hard!

I compare it with Ubuntu’s installation method for Octave along with the symbolic package:

sudo apt-get install octave octave-symbolic

and wonder what is going wrong for it on Macs.  Insights anyone?

  1. May 11th, 2009 at 03:11
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    I’m that author. Yes, it’s hard. Luckily for Ubuntu users, people have been kind enough to create installation packages. If someone compiled the packages I listed and published a PKG for it all, then it would be simple.

    Unfortunately, it’s finals week here at George Mason. I don’t have time to create an Octave package like I have for Lua ( and Wget (

    There is a MacPort for Octave (, but I can’t find a package for the symbolic library.

  2. MySchizoBuddy
    February 11th, 2011 at 07:45
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    On Macs you can download the octave binary from

    Another way is to Install Macports
    sudo port install octave

    you can add the extensions as well like
    sudo port install octave octave-parallel

    I recommend you use Porticus GUI for Macports to make your life easy.