Written by Carlo Rossetti and Paolo Tancredi Monday, 28 November 2011 22:01( 6 Votes )
(All programs and files listed here are open source.)
Before you start remember that QtOctave is just a graphical interface for Octave.
In order to run QtOctave, you must first download Octave, that can be downloaded from SourceForge at http://octave.sourceforge.net.
By dragging Octave in the Applications folder and running it, you'll open it in the Terminal in Mac OSX. iI will already work here but with the inconvenience due to the absence of a graphical interface, which will just be QtOctave.
To make everything work properly on Mac OS, "Qt" is needed: Qt is a support structure for C++ platforms. Qt can be downloaded here (file has a size of about 210 MB):
Being a .dmg file is installed normally.
The other files to download and install are those containing the interface QtOctave, from here:
Once you have Octave, QtOctave and Qt you can start QtOctave.
Once opened QtOctave, on the top bar go to "Config", then click "Octave" and "Octave Path". Then copy and paste the address to the folder where you can find the libraries of Octave , so that QtOctave can use them. If Octave is in Applications the address to enter is
/ Applications / Octave.app / Contents / Resources / bin / octave
The last step in order to make full use of Octave is the installation of gnuplot. This is a program that handles graphics created using Octave as well as other programs such as algebraic manipulation wxMaxima (a cousin of Mathematica) on Unix platforms. Gnuplot can be found in the Extras folder in the Octave package file of installation (.dmg).
Simply drag and drop it in the Applications folder.