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A screenshot of Scilab running
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Developer(s) ESI Group
Stable release
6.1.0 / 25 February 2020; 11 months ago (2020-02-25)
Written in Scilab, C, C++, Java, Fortran
Operating system BSDs (e.g., FreeBSD), Linux, macOS, Windows
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Czech, Polish
Type Technical computing

Scilab is an open source MATLAB-like programming language for numerical analysis. It is used in many countries including non-English regions.


Scilab syntax is largely based on the MATLAB language. The simplest way to use Scilab codes is to type it in at the prompt, --> , in the graphical command window.

Hello World! in Scilab:

disp('Hello World');


Scilab has many toolboxes for different tasks, such as

  • Scilab Image Processing Toolbox (SIP) and its variants (such as SIVP). This is used for image processing.
  • Scilab Wavelet Toolbox: Used for wavelets
  • Scilab Java and .NET Module
  • Scilab Remote Access Module

More are available on ATOMS Portal or the Scilab forge.

Differences between GNU Octave

GNU Octave is also a MATLAB-like language. But it was made by different technical viewpoints.


The original purpose of Scilab was numerical analysis (such as numerical methods for ordinary differential equations). Today, it is also used in scientific education and optimization.

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