FOSSEE Scilab Octave Toolbox
The FOSSEE Scilab Octave Toolbox repository is maintained at
https://github.com/FOSSEE/fossee-scilab-octave-toolbox. It is also published and available on
This toolbox has been built and tested using
OS - Linux Debian 10, Ubuntu 18.10, 64-bit
Octave - Version 4.4.1, 5.1.0
Scilab - Version 6.0.1
Run the following commands in the linux terminal
sudo apt-get install build-essential (~117 MB download)
sudo apt-get install liboctave-dev (~103 MB download)
sudo apt-get install octave
sudo apt-get install scilab
Install the required octave packages using the below command in linux terminal
sudo apt-get install octave-<pkg name>
For example, to install signal package in octave, do
sudo apt-get install octave-signal
Launch Scilab and run the following commands inside the scilab console
cd <path to scilab_octave toolbox directory>
help octave_fun (then execute the examples appearing on the help page)
Building the source
In case if executing the builder and loader files in scilab throw an error regarding .so files, you probably need to build the toolbox from source. Do the following on the linux terminal
Download the fossee-scilab-octave-toolbox source from
Close scilab, if running
cd <path to fossee-scilab-octave-toolbox/src/ directory>
You should now be able to build and load the toolbox in scilab.
Octave built-in functions:
There are total 1448 functions available with octave without the need of any packages. The list is available at
https://octave.sourceforge.io/list_functions.php Almost all of these functions (except plots and structures) can be accessed using this toolbox.
There are two categories of packages in octave, namely Community Packages and External Packages. Community Packages are maintained by the Octave Forge and Octave developers community. External Packages are maintained by their respective authors. The details can be sought at
https://octave.sourceforge.io/packages.php Any of the functions of these packages can be accessed using the scilab_octave toolbox, except those that include structures, plotting and symbolic variables. These will be addressed in the next releases of the toolbox.
Rupak Rokade, FOSSEE IIT Bombay
Prof. Kumar Appaiah, IIT Bombay
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.