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On macOS systems GNU Octave can be installed by:

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  1. macOS App Bundles '' (a single dmg-file)
  2. macOS package managers.
GNU Octave 6.2.0 is the current stable release.

macOS App Bundles[edit]

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The project provides an unofficial ready-to-use, drag-and-drop macOS App installer based on Homebrew (see below).

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A very old installer is hosted on SourceForge.

  • macOS App Bundle of Octave 4.0.3 (with GUI) (OS X 10.9+)

Package Managers[edit]

All package managers below are given in alphabetical order. The Octave developers do not recommend a certain package manager.


Link to Octave package there.

Homebrew was written 2009 by Max Howell and has gained popularity in the Ruby on Rails community and earned praise for its extensibility.

Install GNU Octave using Homebrew:

  1. Install Xcode via the Mac App Store.
    • Install the Command Line Tools by opening a terminal and type
  2. Follow Homebrew's installation instructions.
  3. Ensure brew itself has the latest definitions
  4. Install Octave [1]

Further reading[edit]

The default charting package in Octave is straight qt. However, on the Mac gnuplot often works better. To switch to gnuplot, place the following text in your ~/.octaverc file:

Note: If brew complains about:

This is telling you the user permissions for ghostscript are not setup in a way that your user profile can use. You need to change those permissions to your user profile.The following command will repair the issue:

Then run the brew install octave command again.

Note: If brew complains about not having a formula for octave, the following command should fix it:

The command below upgrades Octave and its dependencies to the latest Homebrew-supported versions:

Octave has a built-in GUI (developed using Qt lib) installed by default so that gnuplot and other tools can use it directly. This GUI is always installed when installing Octave using Homebrew.

In case of trouble, see the Homebrew Troubleshooting Guide, which assists in diagnosing problems and craft useful bug reports. Bugs may be reported at Homebrew-core's issue tracker.


Link to Octave package there.

MacPorts, formerly called DarwinPorts, was started in 2002 as part of the OpenDarwin project, with the involvement of a number of Apple Inc. employees including Landon Fuller, Kevin Van Vechten, and Jordan Hubbard.

Install GNU Octave using MacPorts:

  1. Install Xcode via the Mac App Store.
    • Install the Command Line Tools by opening a terminal and type
  2. Follow MacPorts' installation instructions.
  3. Update your installation
  4. Install Octave


Link to Octave package there.

Spack is a package management tool that supports the installation of multiple versions of software on macOS and other operating systems. It was created 2013 by Todd Gamblin and is currently being updated and developed by a large list of contributors (mainly via GitHub).

Install GNU Octave using Spack:

  1. Install Xcode via the Mac App Store.
    • Install the Command Line Tools by opening a terminal and type
  2. Follow Spack tutorial.
  3. Update Spack by going to the local Spack repository (develop branch) folder and run
  4. Install Octave
  5. To use Octave we need to first load the package
The entire installation process can take up to a few hours. Octave has many dependencies which will be downloaded and installed prior to Octave.

In case of trouble, please visit the Spack repo issues list, and browse through Octave related issues by writing is:issue octave in the filters box.

Create a launcher app with AppleScript[edit]

Open the 'AppleScript Editor' application and write the following text in the editor window:

(e.g. Homebrew installs Octave to /usr/local/bin/octave by default) or if Octave is in your default path:

or if you wish to start the GUI by default, without a terminal:


  • Select 'Save as ...' from the 'File' menu
  • In the menu that appears, select 'Application' from the 'File format' menu, then navigate to the 'Applications' folder and save your script there as ''

To change the application icon:

  • Open this link in a web browser, right-click and select 'copy image'.
  • Select '' in the Finder, then press command-i to bring up the file info dialog.
  • In the file info dialog, select the icon (in the top left) and press command-v to paste the Octave icon over it.

See also[edit]

  • Octave for macOS (outdated) contains old installation instructions.


  1. Homebrew has updated some of its scripts. To install Octave as of May 14, 2020, provide the migrated full path by running brew install homebrew/core/octave instead. [Citation needed!]
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Installer is an application included in macOS (and in its progenitors OPENSTEP and NeXTSTEP) that extracts and installs files out of .pkg packages. It was created by NeXT, and is now maintained by Apple Inc. Its purpose is to help software developers create uniform software installers.

Installer launches when a package or metapackage file is opened. The installation process itself can vary substantially, as Installer allows developers to customize the information the user is presented with. For example, it can be made to display a custom welcome message, software license and readme. Installer also handles authentication, checks that packages are valid before installing them, and allows developers to run custom scripts at several points during the installation process.[1]

Installer package[edit]

Installer packages have the file extension .pkg. Prior to Mac OS X Leopard, installer packages were implemented as Mac OS X packages.[2] These packages were a collection of files that resided in folders with a .pkg file extension.[3][4] In Mac OS X Leopard the software packaging method was changed to use the XAR (eXtensible ARchiver) file format; the directory tree containing the files is packaged as an xar archive file with a .pkg extension.[5] Instead of distributing multiple files for a package, this allowed all of the software files to be contained in a single file for easier distribution with the benefit of package signing.

See also[edit]



  1. ^'Software Delivery Guide - Specifying Install Operations'. Apple. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^'Software Delivery Guide'. Apple. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^'The Flat Package'. MacTech. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^'OSX legacy packaging redux'. Matthew Brett. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. ^'XAR NEW MacOS X 10.5 package format'. MacGeekBlog. Retrieved March 15, 2015.

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