Yet again I am to turn to this wonderful resource available to me and ask, how do I install the latest version of GNU Octave (not Octave 3.2.4 -- the one available in the software centre)?

  • It doesn't work at my system... The following lines seems to be OK wget ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2 tar -xvf octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2 cd octave-3.8.0 sudo apt-get build-dep octave ./configure make but the last one seems not work... sudo make install The system tells me, that is not a rule defined. What's wrong with the procedure...? Thanks a lot for your support – user272969 Apr 23 '14 at 10:42
  • This is what happens when i try to run using the command on terminal. ln: failed to create symbolic link ‘/usr/local/bin/octave’: Permission denied – user426626 Jul 5 '15 at 11:20

For octave 3.6.1

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:picaso/octave
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install octave

Yes you can get octave-3.6.3 , open your terminal and paste this

wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-3.6.3.tar.bz2
tar -xvf octave-3.6.3.tar.bz2
cd octave-3.6.3
 sudo make install 

Hope that helps :D

  • Well this is something I suppose, but I was hoping for something that would give me the latest version of Octave (3.6.3) – Josh Pinto Sep 29 '12 at 17:51
  • @BrentonHorne hi answer updated – rɑːdʒɑ Sep 29 '12 at 18:32
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    That does help :) – Josh Pinto Sep 29 '12 at 20:03
  • One other thing, how do I create a launcher in Cairo-Dock for Octave 3.6.3? – Josh Pinto Sep 29 '12 at 21:21

You can install the latest stable version of GNU Octave for any supported Ubuntu release:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:octave/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install octave

This PPA is maintained and supported by several Octave developers.

  • @mike-miller helped me to find out that in Ubuntu we should use: sudo -H apt-get install octave. If not, the .config/octave folder will be created in the user's home folder with root ownership and Octave will not start. With sudo -H the .config/octave folder is created in the root home folder. – estibordo Oct 19 '16 at 21:39
  • See Link in Octave Wiki: wiki.octave.org/… – loved.by.Jesus May 30 '17 at 11:22
  • Unfortunately this repo has broken packages that do not provide all versions of dependencies. octave : Depends: libcxsparse3.1.2 but it is not installable Depends: liboctave4 (= 4.2.1-2~octave~trusty2) but it is not going to be installed Depends: libqhull6 but it is not installable Depends: libqscintilla2-11 but it is not installable – Martin Jan 6 '18 at 12:40
  • @Martin it looks like you are trying to install octave from this repository on the wrong Ubuntu release. Check that the repository source definition matches the release you have installed. – Michael Miller Jan 7 '18 at 20:25
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    As of Jan 2018 this ppa is still needed to install 4.2.1 on Ubuntu 16.04LTS, which only ships 4.0.0 – Paul Jan 12 '18 at 4:23

Ubuntu 12.04.3 and Octave 3.8.0 with statistics

wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2
tar -xvf octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2
cd octave-3.8.0
sudo apt-get build-dep octave
sudo make install

sudo apt-get install octave-statistics
pkg install -forge io
pkg install -forge statistics
pkg load statistics

Additionally now I know you can copy the following into the terminal:

wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-version#.tar.gz
tar -xvf /home/username/octave-version#.tar.gz
sudo rm /home/username/octave-version#.tar.gz
cd /home/username/octave-version#
ln -s /home/username/octave-version#/run-octave /usr/local/bin/octave

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