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Getting Started with Ocatve on Windows 7

From: Reitz, Lina AVL/AT
Subject: Getting Started with Ocatve on Windows 7
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:55:51 +0000



I just installed Octave but it doesn’t work as it should. As I’m not familiar with Octave I need some help. Up to now I used only Matlab.


I’m working on Windows 7 with an i7 processor.

I installed Octave Version 3.6.2 using an installer from (see

I came to this link via a short installation guide, saying this package contains many packages as well as the GUI (Octave 3.6.2 (Graphical User-Interface)). I followed this guide I found and during the installation I had to enter my processor type and I chose all Octave forge packages for installation.

(Installation guide in german:

The installation itself did work well as far as I can see. Both Octave and the GUI were installed.

When I open the Octave window (not the GUI) I can enter commands and it seems to work (though I didn’t try much).

But I can’t use the GUI. I wrote a tiny test-program, but I cannot run it.


a = 2;

b = 5;

c = a+b


I get the error message: pattern not found.

I’ll send a screenshot, so you can see what my GUI-window looks like.

I think I also can’t set the file directory correctly. At the top line, the current directory is not shown at all, although when I click on the Browse-Icon it shows the correct folder.

In the tab that shows the current directory I also had to set the file path by hand.


Also the buttons in the top bar don’t have the icons they should have (I mean the buttons for New File, Cut, Undo etc.). Maybe this is also part of the problem.


Can I do something to fix this? Or is it wiser to use another Octave/Octave GUI version on windows 7?


Best regards


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