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wxMaxima is a document based interface for the computer algebra system Maxima. For more information about Maxima, visit wxMaxima uses wxWidgets and runs natively on Windows, X11 and Mac OS X. wxMaxima provides menus and dialogs for many common maxima commands, autocompletion, inline plots and simple animations. wxMaxima is distributed under the GPL license.

wxMaxima is included with the Windows and the macintosh installer for Maxima. Packages are also available for many Linux distributions. Screenshots and documentation can be found at; If you wish to compile wxMaxima from source, please read the instructions below.

Building wxMaxima from source

To build wxMaxima from sources you need to have a C++ compiler and the wxWidgets library installed.

Compiling on Mac OS X

On Mac OS X you should install XCode. To build wxMaxima open the Terminal application and follow the instructions for building with GNU autotools. It is recommended that you compile your own version of wxMac. See the section about compiling wxWidgets.

Compiling on Windows

On Windows install MinGW ( In the installation process make sure you select g++, MSYS Basic System and MinGW Developer ToolKit in the Select components page of the installer. Then run the MinGW Shell and follow the instructions for compiling wxWidgets and wxMaxima with autotools.

Compiling wxWidgets on Mac OS X and Windows

Before compiling wxMaxima you need to compile the wxWidgets library. Download the source, unarchive and in the source directory execute

mkdir build
cd build

On Mac OS X configure wxWidgets with

../configure --disable-shared --enable-unicode

and on Windows with

../configure --disable-shared

Now build wxWidgets with


You do not need to install the library with make install. You will need to specify a path to wx-config when configuring wxMaxima. There are two files in build/lib/wx/config. The correct file to use is inplace-msw-ansi-release-static-3.0 on Windows and implace-mac-unicode-release-static-3.0 on Mac OS X. You will also need to copy the file wxwin.m4 to acinclude.m4 in the wxMaxima source directory.

Compiling with autotools

If you are not building an official tarball but using the git version it is necessary to execute ./bootstrap first in order to get the file ./configure

To build wxMaxima on Linux execute

make allmo
sudo make install

To build an application bundle of wxMaxima on Mac OS X

./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config>
make allmo

On Windows execute instead:

./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config> --with-hhc=<path to hhc.exe> --enable-chm
make allmo

which builds the directory structure necessary for running wxMaxima. Alternatively


will build the whole application as a zip archive whose contents is a self-contained wxMaxima installation that can be placed in the folder maxima was installed in.

The --enable-chm and the --with-hhc are only necessary to allow the builder to convert the wxMaxima offline manual to a format the built-in help browser of windows understands. For this conversion the Microsoft HTML Help workshop is necessary which is distributed separately. If they aren't added to the configure command line wxMaxima is shipped with a html version of the manual that can be viewed using the internet browser instead.

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