How to install Scilab on Linux

Scilab 6 changes and improvements include:

  • GNU GPL license
  • GUI IDE
  1. Download Scilab
  2. extract
    tar xf scilab-6*.bin.linux-x86_64.tar.gz
    
  3. Run Scilab GUI
    ./bin/scilab
    

    Command line only (in case GUI not working on your PC)

    ./bin/scilab-cli
    

This works for me on Ubuntu 16.04, but not on Ubuntu 17.10 as noted below.

Errors

I am unable to use the Scilab GUI on Ubuntu 17.10, I get 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. So far the answer on the Scilab bug tracker is to compile Scilab yourself.

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