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Octave is a special purpose high level programming language. It is used to perform numerical computations very easily and with a very high level of precision. Moreover, it is a very good alternative to MATLAB. 

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux Mint Software installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into the complete installation procedure of Octave on a Linux Mint 20 system.


Steps to install Octave on a Linux Mint 20

1. Perform System Update

To begin, you need to begin with a system update that can take place with the below command:

$ sudo apt update


2. Install Octave on your system

Now, you can install Octave on an updated system by running the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install octave


How to Launch the Octave Terminal ?

Once Octave is successfully installed on your system, you can access its terminal by executing the command:

$ octave

To exit from the Octave terminal, you simply need to run the command:

> quit


How to Uninstall Octave from Linux Mint 20 ?

If you want to remove Octave from your Linux Mint 20 machine at any instance, then you can run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get purge --autoremove octave


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Conclusion

This article covers how to install the Octave programming language on a Linux Mint 20 machine. In fact, Octave is a (mostly MATLAB® compatible) high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command-line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically.


How to Install octave on Linux Mint via Snapd ?

1. Enable snapd

On Linux Mint 20, /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref needs to be removed before Snap can be installed. This can be accomplished from the command line:

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref
$ sudo apt update

To install snap from the Software Manager application, search for snapd and click Install.

Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install snapd


2. Install octave

To install octave, simply use the following command:

$ sudo snap install octave

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