# FriCAS Alternatives

FriCAS is described as *'advanced computer algebra system. Its capabilities range from calculus (integration and differentiation) to abstract algebra. It can plot functions and has integrated help system'* and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to FriCAS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is GNU Octave, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like FriCAS are R (programming language), Mathematica, MATLAB and Scilab.

Octave is a computer program for performing numerical computations which is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It is part of the GNU Project. It is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

- Paid • Proprietary
- Mac
- Windows
- Linux
- Online

Mathematica is a computational software program used widely in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing.

- Paid • Proprietary
- Mac
- Windows
- Linux
- Online
- Android
- iPhone
- iPad

MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language. Maintained by The MathWorks, MATLAB allows easy matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs in other languages.

Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications.

- Free • Open Source
- Mac
- Windows
- Linux
- Online

SageMath is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It builds on top of many existing open-source packages: NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, Sympy, Maxima, GAP, FLINT, R and many more.

Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors.

wxMaxima is a document based interface for the computer algebra system Maxima. wxMaxima uses wxWidgets and runs natively on Windows, X11 and Mac OS X. wxMaxima provides menus and dialogs for many common maxima commands, autocompletion, inline plots and simple animations.

Maple is a general-purpose commercial computer algebra system. Users can enter mathematics in traditional mathematical notation. Custom user interfaces can also be created.

Xcos is a graphical editor to design hybrid dynamical systems models. Models can be designed, loaded, saved, compiled and simulated.