Mathematica Alternatives

    Mathematica is described as 'Definitive technical computing system spanning machine learning and neural networks, data science, visualizations and much more' and is a well-known app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Mathematica for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, the Web and iPhone. The best alternative is SageMath, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Mathematica are GNU Octave (Free, Open Source), R (programming language) (Free, Open Source), Jupyter (Free, Open Source) and Maxima (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Dec 22, 2020

    • SageMath is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a common Python-based interface. View 53 alternatives to SageMath
      Almost everyone thinks SageMath is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      SageMath vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      vfrico Sage supports symbolic maths through Maxima
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      It can calculate many things symbolically and combines many other software packages.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Its free and sounds capable
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Sage needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

    • Octave is a computer program for performing numerical computations which is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It is part of the GNU Project. View 57 alternatives to GNU Octave
      Most users think GNU Octave is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      GNU Octave vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago



    • R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. View 93 alternatives to R (programming language)
      Most users think R (programming language) is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      R (programming language) vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      R is really only useful for statistics, and not even mathematical statistics.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

    • Open source, interactive data science and scientific computing across over 40 programming languages. View 31 alternatives to Jupyter
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Cloudron
      Jupyter vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It can run python inline and do markup work all in one system. Can be worked via network and connected to via browser (including through phone) and set up to run distributed computing systems easily. Additionally it's open source and server side runs on most major operating systems.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    • Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential... View 30 alternatives to Maxima
      Almost everyone thinks Maxima is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Maxima vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's free. It is also smaller, so starts up fast. Runs on Android devices as well. Lot's of functionality, including symbolic and numerical operations. Symbolic operations are not as extensive as Mathematica, but adequate for many operations. Numeric operations are considerably slower than Mathematica, and numerically oriented apps such as R, Matlab or Octave.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      I'm a theoretical physicist and I can do almost al the math I need with Mxima
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      vfrico It does support Symbolic math, but Matlab or Octave not
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • Enterprise-class computing environment and programming language for numerical computation. View 76 alternatives to MATLAB
      This alternative is disputed. MATLAB is still a legitimate alternative to Mathematica, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      MATLAB vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      snshepherd Both are comprehensive mathematics solutions, and have very similar features, as well as even both being commercial.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      Mathematica is mainly a CAS (symbolic maths), but MATLAB is more for numeric analysis
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      MATLAB is mainly for numerics
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      MATLAB can do symbolic math but it's far less convenient
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Mathematica is not only for numerics, its for analysis, while Matlab is primarily for numerics.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      It's numerical, not symbolic
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      juliocortes Mathematica is mainly for symbolic maths
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    • Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing environments. View 34 alternatives to Julia
      Most users think Julia is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Julia vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's an easy, powerful, really fast language which feels like a mix of Python and Ruby but runs like C. It comes with many mathematical functions, has a good stack of libraries for graphs (including Matplotlib as PyPlot) and can be used with the Jupyter Notebook. Still not at version 1.0, but already a great tool!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    • Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications. View 47 alternatives to Scilab
      • FreeOpen Source
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    • Online math solver, equation editor and database, graphing calculator and science/engineering problem helper. View 94 alternatives to fxSolver
      Almost everyone thinks fxSolver is a great alternative to Mathematica.
    • 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... View 37 alternatives to Spyder
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Spyder vs Mathematica
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is a development environment for Python, not a symbolic math language/software.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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