wxMaxima is a document based interface for the computer algebra system Maxima. For more information about Maxima, visit http://maxima.sourceforge.net/. 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 http://andrejv.github.io/wxmaxima/; 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 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/). In
the installation process make sure you select
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
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-3.1 on Windows and
inplace-mac-unicode-release-static-3.1 on Mac OS X. You will also
need to copy the file
acinclude.m4 in the wxMaxima
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
To build wxMaxima on Linux execute
./configure make make allmo sudo make install
You can also try to create a .deb package instead of installing the program by doing a
./configure make make allmo checkinstall -D make install
On ubuntu or debian the build prerequisites can be installed by doing a
sudo apt-get install build-essential libwxbase3.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev autoconf imagemagick ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3
beforehand or (if apt-get is configured to load the source package repositories and not only the binary packages) by the simpler
sudo apt-get build-dep wxmaxima
To build an application bundle of wxMaxima on Mac OS X
./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config> make make allmo make wxMaxima.app
Sometimes the configure step requires an extra
On Windows execute instead:
./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config> --with-hhc=<path to hhc.exe> --enable-chm make make allmo make wxMaxima.win
which builds the directory structure necessary for running wxMaxima. Note that this structure might be lacking a few .dll files, depending on the compiler. They will be named libstdc++-6.dll and libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll or similar. If configure is called the following way:
./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config> --with-hhc=<path to hhc.exe> --enable-chm --enable-fullystatic
it is possible that they are already included in the resulting .exe file.
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, again with the caveat of the .dll files.
--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.