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Free Mathematica Alternatives

The best free alternative to Mathematica is SageMath, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Mathematica and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Mathematica are GNU Octave, Jupyter, Maxima and R (programming language).

Mathematica alternatives are mainly Calculators but may also be Programming Languages or Statistical Analyzers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Mathematica.
This page was last updated Jun 23, 2022
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  1. SageMath

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

    SageMath vs Mathematica opinions
    Almost everyone thinks SageMath is a great alternative to Mathematica.
    vfrico

    Sage supports symbolic maths through Maxima

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    It can calculate many things symbolically and combines many other software packages.

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    Sage needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.

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    Its free and sounds capable

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  2. GNU Octave

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

    GNU Octave vs Mathematica opinions
    Most users think GNU Octave is a great alternative to Mathematica.

    Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.

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  3. Jupyter

    • FreeOpen Source
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    The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.

    Jupyter vs Mathematica opinions
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    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.

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  4. Maxima

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

    Maxima vs Mathematica opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Maxima is a great alternative to Mathematica.

    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.

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    vfrico

    It does support Symbolic math, but Matlab or Octave not

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    I'm a theoretical physicist and I can do almost al the math I need with Mxima

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

    R (programming language) vs Mathematica opinions
    Most users think R (programming language) is a great alternative to Mathematica.

    R is really only useful for statistics, and not even mathematical statistics.

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  6. Scilab

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

  7. Julia

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

    Julia vs Mathematica opinions
    Most users think Julia is a great alternative to Mathematica.

    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!

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  8. Online math solver, equation library, graphing calculator and science/engineering problem helper.

    Almost everyone thinks fxSolver is a great alternative to Mathematica.
  9. Spyder

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

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    It is a development environment for Python, not a symbolic math language/software.

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  10. wxMaxima

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

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