Free MATLAB Alternatives

    The best free alternative to MATLAB is GNU Octave, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to MATLAB and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to MATLAB are Scilab (Free, Open Source), R (programming language) (Free, Open Source), Julia (Free, Open Source) and SciPy & Numpy (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 20, 2021

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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. View 58 alternatives to GNU Octave
      Almost everyone thinks GNU Octave is a great alternative to MATLAB.
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      GNU Octave vs MATLAB
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      If you are a student and want to perform numerical analysis most of the times Octave is a great alternative to Matlab.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Works just like Matlab (Minus the toolboxes, for those you will need Matlab), but for Matlab 'like' work Octave works great. You can sit down with a Matlab book and go through it with Octave and have few problems. Octave documentation is excellent.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      ahmed_meeske GNU Octave uses the same language of coding that MATLAB with a very title difference. But currently GNU Octave do not has any tool like Simulink (for simulation and modul-based disign) that MATLAB uses.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Complete and almost 100% compatible replication of MATLAB.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It is an open source clone of MATLAB. Save for a few features that have yet to be updated/added, the syntax and functionality are identical between the two.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      cryoff It is actively developing open source project
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Same to same commands from MATLAB
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    • 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
      Almost everyone thinks Scilab is a great alternative to MATLAB.
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      Scilab vs MATLAB
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      Scilab has the most features and is the best quality of full-featured numerical computation softwares even though its language is not MATLAB compatible.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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    • 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 MATLAB.
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      R (programming language) vs MATLAB
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      Very different syntax, not very efficient for numerical computation outside the libraries available.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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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. View 33 alternatives to Julia
      Almost everyone thinks Julia is a great alternative to MATLAB.
    • SciPy (pronounced "Sigh Pie") is open-source software for mathematics, science, and engineering. View 40 alternatives to SciPy & Numpy
      Almost everyone thinks SciPy & Numpy is a great alternative to MATLAB.
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    • 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
      Most users think SageMath is a great alternative to MATLAB.
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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 MATLAB.
    • 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
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      Maxima vs MATLAB
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      cryoff Best free tool for symbolic computations
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    • matplotlib is a python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. View 36 alternatives to Matplotlib
      • FreeOpen Source
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    • Orange is an open-source, cross-platform data mining and machine learning suite. View 16 alternatives to Orange
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      Orange vs MATLAB
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      Orange is a GOOD program and valuable addition for data analysts. Can it Replace Matlab. No, but it's very valuable alongside Matlab
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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