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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

Building wxMaxima from source

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

Compiling wxMaxima on Linux and Linux-like systems (Cygwin, MacPorts, Homebrew,...)

wxMaxima is built using the CMake build system. The following steps will build and install wxMaxima using CMake:

mkdir -p build
cd build
cmake ..
cmake --build .
sudo cmake --build . -- install

If you want to install into a special prefix (not /usr/local), use

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/your/installation/prefix ..

in the cmake call above.

If you want to create binary packages (tar.gz, tar.bz2, DEB & RPM), you can create them with:

cmake --build . -- package

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 ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 checkinstall gettext cmake

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

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 cmake. 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 cmake.

Compiling wxWidgets on Mac OS X and Windows

Before compiling wxMaxima you need to compile the wxWidgets library. Download the source (we recommend version 3.1 for Mac OS X), unarchive and in the source directory execute

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

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 wxwin.m4 to acinclude.m4 in the wxMaxima source directory.

Mac OS X specific instructions

Building on Mac OS X sometimes requires additional arguments to the configure script. To build a portable binary configure wxWidgets with

../configure --disable-shared ---with-libjpeg=builtin --with-libpng=builtin --with-regex=builtin --with-libtiff=builtin --with-zlib=builtin --with-expat=builtin --with-macosx-version-min=10.7

With these options the build process will take a little longer, but the resulting binary will have less library dependencides.

Mac OS X specific instructions

To build an application bundle of wxMaxima on Mac OS X

./configure --with-wx-config=<path to wx-config> --with-macosx-version-min=10.7
make allmo

Note that the version specified in --with-macosx-version-min should match the version used when configuring wxWidgets.

Windows specific instructions

On Windows execute instead:

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

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.

It is also possible to tell the GNU C compiler to try to include all necessary .dll files in wxMaxima.exe while compiling wxMaxima. In order to make this work wxWidgets has to be compiled statically which allows to include it directly into an .exe file:

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

The build system also offers a build target that creates 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:


Additional information about installing and configuring wxMaxima