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Open Source Mathematica Alternatives

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

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.
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  1. SageMath icon

    SageMath

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    57 alternatives to SageMath 

    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.

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    Dynamically visualize effects of of parameters on calculations with Interact
    Draw Region Plots where the given equality, inequality or set of them is true.
    Visualize all pairs of characters in a sentence with a Multiedge Graph
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    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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    GNU Octave

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    64 alternatives to GNU Octave 

    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.

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    Most users think GNU Octave is a great alternative to Mathematica.
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    Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.

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  3. Jupyter icon

    Jupyter

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    39 alternatives to Jupyter 

    The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, machine learning and much...

    The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
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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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    R (programming language)

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    95 alternatives to R (programming language) 

    R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) by John Chambers and colleagues. R can be consider.

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    1.  Support for scriptingR (programming language) supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    R is really only useful for statistics, and not even mathematical statistics.

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    Maxima

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    31 alternatives to Maxima 

    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.

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    Xmaxima interface running Maxima 5.28
    Maxima running in GNU Emacs with Imaxima mode
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    Maxima vs Mathematica opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Maxima is a great alternative to Mathematica.
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    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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  6. Julia icon

    Julia

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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. It provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy, and an...

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    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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    Scilab

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    Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications. Scilab is an open source software and includes hundreds of mathematical functions with the possibility to add...

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    Spyder

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    39 alternatives to Spyder 

    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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    wxMaxima

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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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    SymPy

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    36 alternatives to SymPy 

    SymPy is a Python library for symbolic computation. The stated goals of the library are to become a full-featured computer algebra system and to keep a simple code base to promote extensibility and comprehensibility.

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    Almost everyone thinks SymPy is a great alternative to Mathematica.
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