# Magma Alternatives

Magma is described as *'A software package designed to solve computationally hard problems in algebra, number theory, geometry and combinatorics'* and is an app in the education & reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Magma 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 Magma are R (programming language), MATLAB, Mathematica 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
- 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.

- 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.

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.

SciPy (pronounced "Sigh Pie") is open-source software for mathematics, science, and engineering. It is also the name of a very popular conference on scientific programming with Python.

Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available for Windows XP/Vista/7, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.

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.