How to install Scilab on Linux

Scilab 6 changes and improvements include:

  • GNU GPL license
  • GUI IDE

Ubuntu

Install SciLab by:

apt install scilab

Ubuntu 16.04

Download Scilab and extract:

tar xf scilab-6*.bin.linux-x86_64.tar.gz
  • Scilab GUI: ./bin/scilab
  • Command line: ./bin/scilab-cli

Notes

On Ubuntu 17.10 the SciLab GUI gave error:

Cannot find this look and feel: [GTK look and feel - com.sun.java.swing.plaf.gtk.GTKLookAndFeel] not supported on this platform Segmentation fault (core dumped)

This error is experienced on Gentoo and Ubuntu 17.10 among other platforms. The Scilab bug tracker says to compile Scilab yourself.