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Octave and QtOctave Mac OS installation walkthrough

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(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:

As with other applications, simply download the. zip file, unpack it and move into the Applications folder on your computer.

Once you have Octave, QtOctave and Qt you can start QtOctave.Risatona

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.

 

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0 # Giulio Buscaglione 2012-10-05 10:38
A couple of changes, as of 5th Oct 2012.

As of Mac OS 10.6, the Application bundle has no longer full support, although could still work - the supported installation process can be found at
wiki.octave.org/.../

As a result, the Octave Path (that QtOctave needs to be told) will be different from the one described in the article, depending on the installation method chosen from the ones described in the wiki article.

The Qt installation files are now downloadable directly from:
get.qt.nokia.com/.../
as the above-mentioned webpage has been changed by Nokia.
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0 # Giulio Buscaglione 2012-11-29 09:29
Quoting Giulio Buscaglione:

The Qt installation files are now downloadable directly from:
get.qt.nokia.com/.../
as the above-mentioned webpage has been changed by Nokia.


29th of November 2012, this link is no longer active for unknown reasons.
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