
Creator

Development started

First public release

Latest stable version

Stable release date

Cost (USD)

License

Notes

ADMB

David Fournier, ADMB Project

1989

1990

13.1

December 23, 2022

Free

BSD 3clause (aka new)

Automatic differentiation makes it well suited to complex minimization problems

Analytica

Lumina Decision Systems

1982 (Demos)


4.6

May 2015

Free (Analytica Free 101), $995 (professional), $2795 (enterprise)

Proprietary

A numerical modeling environment with a declarative and visual programming language based on influence diagrams.

Ch

SoftIntegration


1 October 2001

7.5.1

2 December 2015

$399 (commercial), $199 (academic), Free (student)

Proprietary

C/C++ based numerical computing and graphical plotting^{[1]}

DADiSP

DSP Development

1984

1987

6.7 B02

17 January 2017

$1995 (commercial), $129 (academic), Free (student)

Proprietary

Numeric computations for science and engineering featuring a spreadsheet like interface.

Dyalog APL

Dyalog Ltd.

1981

1983

18.0

10 June 2020

Not free (commercial), Free (noncommercial)

Proprietary

A modern dialect of APL, enhanced with features for functional and objectoriented programming.

Euler Math Toolbox

René Grothmann

1987

1988

20220210

10 February 2022

Free

GPL

Also a computer algebra system through interface with Maxima

Fityk

Marcin Wojdyr


2002

1.3.1

19 December 2016

$115 (1.x binaries), Free (source code and 0.x binaries)

GPL

interactive graphics, scriptable, specialized in curve fitting and peak fitting, 2D only

FlexPro

Weisang GmbH

n/a

1991

2019 (12.0.x)

2018

Not free (commercial), Free (academic)

Proprietary

Dynamic, interactive 2D/3D diagrams, programmable, VBA, high performances, multicore compatible, large data sets.

FreeMat

Samit Basu


2004

4.2

30 June 2013

Free

GPL

Codeless interface to external C, C++, and Fortran code. Mostly compatible with MATLAB.

GAUSS

Aptech Systems


1984

21

8 December 2020

Not free

Proprietary


GNU Data Language

Marc Schellens


2004

1.0.2

15 January 2023

Free

GPL

Aimed as a dropin replacement for IDL/PVWAVE

IBM SPSS Statistics

Norman H. Nie, Dale H. Bent, and C. Hadlai Hull


1968

23.0

3 March 2015

Not free

Proprietary

Primarily for statistics

GNU MCSim

Frederic Y. Bois & Don Maszle

1991

1993

6.0.0

24 February 2018

Free

GPL

General simulation and Monte Carlo sampling software

GNU Octave

John W. Eaton

1988

1993

7.3.0

2 November 2022

Free

GPL

General numerical computing package with many extension modules. Syntax mostly compatible with MATLAB

IGOR Pro

WaveMetrics

1986

1988

8.00

May 22, 2018

$995 (commercial) $225 upgrade, $499 (academic) $175 upgrade, $85 (student)

Proprietary

interactive graphics, programmable, 2D/3D, used for science and engineering, large data sets.

J

Jsoftware

1989

1990

J9.5.1

20 December 2023

Free

GPL

online access to: J Application Library (JAL)

Julia

Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, Viral B. Shah, Alan Edelman

2009

2012

1.9.4

10 November 2023

Free

MIT License

A fast,^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} highlevel numerical computing language.
^{[Note 1]}

LabPlot

Stefan Gerlach, Alexander Semke, KDE

2001

2003

2.10.0

21 March 2023

Free

GPL

2D plotting, suitable for creation of publicationready plots but also for data visualization and exploration, data import from many formats(ASCII, binary, HDF5, FITS, JSON, etc.), export to vector and raster images, data analysis (nonlinear curve fitting in 2D, FFT, smoothing, integration and differentiation, etc.), digitizing of raster images, live data plotting, support for different CAS like Maxima, Octave, R, etc.

LabVIEW

National Instruments

1985

1986

2016

August 2016

$1249 (commercial), $79.95 (student)

Proprietary

Graphical, and textual through formula nodes, mathscript and .m file scripts^{[5]}

Maple

Maplesoft

1980

1982

2024 (6 March 2024; 4 months ago (20240306)) [±]^{[6]}

14 March 2019

$2390 (commercial), $239 (personal), $99 (student)

Proprietary

Mainly a computer algebra system

Mathcad

Parametric Technology Corporation

1985

1986

15.0; Prime 4.0^{[7]}

2 March 2015

$1195 (commercial), $99 (student)

Proprietary


Mathematica

Wolfram Research

1986

1988

14.0.0 (January 9, 2024; 6 months ago (20240109)) [±]^{[8]}

13 December 2023

Free (Raspberry Pi^{[9]}), Free Cloud Access, $3320 (commercial), $399 (personal), $75/year (student)^{[10]}

Proprietary

Also computer algebra system

MATLAB

MathWorks

late 1970s

1984

9.12 (R2022a)

15 March 2022

$2150 (standard), $500 (education), $149 (home), $49 (student)

Proprietary

Numerical computation and simulation with extended 2D/3D visualization. Emphasis on vectorised processing.

Maxima

MIT Project MAC and Bill Schelter et al.

1967

1982

5.47.0

31 May 2023

Free

GPL

Mainly a computer algebra system

MLAB

Civilized Software, Inc.

1970 (in SAIL), 1985 (in C)

1972 (on DEC10), 1988 (on PCs), 1993 (on MACs)

2015

2015

$2250 (standard), $50 (student)

Proprietary

Numerical and Statistical computation for Scientific Applications, e.g. Chemical Kinetics. ODE Solving and CurveFitting. Symbolic Differentiation, Survival Analysis, Cluster Analysis, 2D/3D Graphics.

Origin

OriginLab


1991

2019b

24 April 2019

$1095 (std.)/$1800 (Pro) $550 (std., academic) $850 (Pro, academic) $69/yr. (Pro, student)

Proprietary

Integrated data analysis graphing software for science and engineering. Flexible multilayer graphing framework. 2D, 3D and statistical graph types. Builtin digitizing tool. Analysis with auto recalculation and report generation. Builtin scripting and programming languages.

Perl Data Language

Karl Glazebrook

1996

c. 1997

2.080

28 May 2022

Free

Artistic License

Used for astrophysics, solar physics, oceanography, biophysics, and simulation. 2D plotting via PGPLOT, PLPlot bindings; 3D via GL.

PSPP

Ben Pfaff

1990s

1990s

1.2.0

6 November 2018

Free

GPL v.3 or later

FOSS statistics program, intended as an alternative to IBM SPSS Statistics.
^{[Note 2]}

R

R Foundation

1997

1997

4.3.2

31 October 2023

Free

GPL

Primarily for statistics, but there are many interfaces to opensource numerical software

SageMath

William Stein


2005

10.2

3 December 2023

Free

GPL

Programmable, includes computer algebra, 2D+3D plotting. Interfaces to many opensource and proprietary software. Web based interface HTTP or HTTPS

SAS

Anthony Barr, James Goodnight

1966

1972

10.2

10 July 2014

Not free

Proprietary

Mainly for statistics

SequenceL

Texas Multicore Technologies

1989

2012

2.4

10 February 2016

Free (Community Edition), $2495 (Professional Edition)

Proprietary

Functional programming language and tools.
^{[Note 3]}

SLang

John E. Davis


1992

2.3.0

18 September 2014

Free

GPL, Artistic License (1.x only)

Available as a standalone (slsh) and embedded interpreter (jed, slrn, ...)

Scilab

ESI Group
Was:Inria

1990

1994

2024.0.0

24 October 2023

Free

GPL

Programmable, direct support of 2D+3D plotting. Interfaces to many other software packages. Interfacing to external modules written in C, Java, Python or other languages. Language syntax similar to MATLAB. Used for numerical computing in engineering and physics.

Smath Studio

SMath LLC
(Andrey Ivashov)


2006

1.0.8348

11 September 2022

Free

Creative Commons AttributionNoDerivs (CCBYND)

Mathematical notebook program, similar to Mathcad, with support for Plugins (e.g. Maxima plugin available)

Sysquake

Calerga


1998

6.5

December 2019

free, $2500 (Pro, commercial), $1000 (Pro, academic)

Proprietary

interactive graphics

TK Solver

Universal Technical Systems, Inc.

late 1970s

1982

6.0.152

2020

$599 commercial, $49 (student)

Proprietary

Numerical computation and rulebased application development

VisSim

Visual Solutions


1989

10.1

January 2011

$495$2800 (commercial) free viewonly version $50$250/free v3.0 (academic)

Proprietary

Visual language for simulation and Model Based Design. Used in business, science and engineering. Performs complex scalar or matrix based ODE solving with parametric optimization. Has 2D and 3D plotting, 3D animation, and state transition built in.

Yorick

n/a

n/a

n/a

9

January 2015

Free

GPL

Programmable, callable 2D+3D plotting. Language syntax similar to C. Interfacing to other software packages via C calls.
