I want to install gnuplot on Ubuntu 12.04. However, it always fails with the following log:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
gnuplot is already the newest version.
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
   language-pack-zh-hans language-pack-kde-en language-pack-kde-zh-hans
   language-pack-kde-en-base kde-l10n-engb kde-l10n-zhcn
   language-pack-zh-hans-base firefox-locale-zh-hans
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 39 not upgraded.

What can I do to fix this problem?

up vote 9 down vote accepted

Most likely nothing. The output tells you that gnuplot is already the newest version.

  • Then how to start it, I didn't get it in the search-bar. – Ub-lx Sep 2 '13 at 19:52
  • @Ub-lx did you try running gnuplot through either alt+f2, or from the terminal? – Thomas Ward Sep 2 '13 at 19:53
  • @Ub-lx as Wikipedia says, it is a command line tool, so try using terminal. You might start with one of many tutorials available. – moon.musick Sep 2 '13 at 19:55
  • @ Thomas W, from terminal. – Ub-lx Sep 2 '13 at 19:56
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    @Ub-lx so there you go. It is a gnuplot prompt. You may enter gnuplot commands there. Or you may write commands to a file and then run gnuplot < filename. Do some tutorial to get a feeling how the app works and what you can do with it. – moon.musick Sep 2 '13 at 20:17


You could try this command for installing the GNU plot and work on it

sudo apt-get install gnuplot-x11

and using this pdf you can learn GNU plot: http://fig.if.usp.br/~lucmod/tips/gnuplotbook.pdf

just issue

sudo apt-get install gnuplot

which will default to using the QT backend since X11 is getting long in the tooth

5.0.1 from source on 14.04:

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@gnuplot.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/gnuplot login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@gnuplot.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/gnuplot co -P gnuplot
cd gnuplot
cvs update -r Release_5_0_1
sudo apt-get build-dep gnuplot
sudo apt-get install lua5.2
time make
sudo make install
gnuplot --version

15.04 has the gnuplot5-x11 package.

GNUplot packages:


To install, you can use

sudo apt install <selected-package>

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