4 Free and Open Source Alternatives of Matlab

Atithya Amaresh


Matlab’s easy to use interface, its power, and flexibility definitely make it a deservingly popular and useful software. But admit it, in bad times this propitiatory software can burn your pocket! So here we bring 4 free and open source alternatives of Matlab which can help you do the same work or even better at zero cost! Enjoy!

Atithya Amaresh

1. Scilab: This is Free Software used for numerical computation. It also comes with a high-level programming language. Scilab began as a university project, but has since become much more than that. Its development is presently sponsored by Scilab Enterprises, which also provides paid professional services around the application.
(Help to understand the difference between Scilab and Matlab: click here)

2. GNU Octave: Popularly known as Octave, its official website describe it as, “High-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation.”

(Help to understanding difference between GNU & Matlab: click here)

It’s one of the best free software for that kind of job and you rarely have to employ Matlab. There are many workarounds for examples the slow loops can be replaced by precompiled modules written in C.


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