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GNU Octave and QTOctave Installation Guide for Windows
Posted by Eric Strom on 24 January 2011 01:47 PM

GNU Octave (v3.2.4) and QTOctave (v0.9.1) Installation Guide for Windows

GNU Octave Download:

  1. Go to

  2. Click “Windows installer (Octave and Octave-Forge)”.

  3. Download and run the executable file.

GNU Octave Installation:

  1. Check Octave Forge components. (Leave FFTW3 and ATLAS Libraries with default settings.)

  2. Keep default for destination folder.

  3. Click Install.

QTOctave Installation:
* Note: Octave must be installed for QTOctave to work

  1. Go to

  2. Click the link under  ">> Windows:" to go to the latest build

  3. Download the available qtocatve zip file. (Open with Windows Explorer)

  4. Choose "Extract all files" in the window that appears.

  5. (Recommended but optional) CHANGE destination folder to C:\Octave\

  6. Once extracted, open destination folder qtoctave\bin\

  7. Right-click qtoctave.exe and choose "Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut)"

  8. Launch QTOctave.

QTOctave Configuration:
You will receive a warning at launch about selecting the Octave executable:

  1. In the Config menu, choose General Configuration, then click Octave.

  2. Browse to or enter the Octave Path: C:\Octave\3.2.4_gcc-4.4.0\bin\octave.exe
    (When browsing to select the file you may see two files named octave in this directory. Do not select the one with the blue octave application image; it is just an icon file. The other is the executable)

  3. Quit and Restart QTOctave to apply changes.

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Last Modified: 2015/03/17

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