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Files can be downloaded from the Files section in the Sourceforge site. That section contains links to various different versions and releases of Maxima.

The section Recent Releases (on the right or at the bottom of this page) shows the most recent releases and clicking on a release number will show the Change Log for it.


Read the section: Installation of Maxima in Windows


The most recent version can be found in the Maxima-MacOS download section and the The MaximaList blog has a good tutorial to install Maxima in Mac OS.


The simple way to install maxima

Normally Linux distributions include a packet manager that allows to install apps automatically. Most Linux distributions based on .deb packages will automatically install maxima on clicking this link. The package manager also provides several graphical front-ends for using maxima. One that aims for completeness is wxMaxima.

Manually installing maxima on RPM based systems

In Linux distributions based on RPM packages as an alternative to the package manager it is possible to enter the Maxima-Linux subsection and to follow the link to the most recent version. The page will contain several RPM packages named as: name-version.i386.rpm, where the first part is the name of each package and the second part are the numbers that identify the version. The minimum set of packages that must be installed are maxima and maxima-exec-clisp. Since they both depend on each other, they should be installed with a single rpm command:

rpm -ivh maxima-x.y.z-n.i386.rpm maxima-exec-clisp-x.y.z-n.i386.rpm
Clisp and Gnuplot should be installed in your system.

You may also want to install maxima-xmaxima, which provides the Xmaxima graphical interface and a graphics program needed by some commands such as plotdf and ploteq.

The maxima-lang packages provide translations of the manual into various languages.

Manually installing maxima on debian-based systems

Maxima-Linux Contains .deb files that can be downloaded and manually installed on debian-based systems.

  • maxima-common contains many files needed in order to run and install the actual maxima binary.
  • maxima-sbcl provides a maxima binary that was compiled with sbcl. It should be reasonably fast and able to run even on systems with no sbcl installed.
  • maxima-gcl provides a maxima binary that was compiled with gcl. It might be considerably faster or slower than sbcl, depending on the task.
  • maxima-ecl provides a maxima binary that was compiled with ecl. Performance-wise it normally ranges between clisp and sbcl.
  • maxima-clisp provides a maxima binary that was compiled with clisp. It should be extremely memory-efficient and able to run on every system that has a similar clisp to that maxima was compiled with installed.

In order to be able to run maxima both maxima-common and at least one of the above binaries have to be installed. Most systems contain a program that automatically installs .deb packages on double-clicking them. If that isn't the case the following command will install packages:

sudo dpkg -i <packagename>

If dpkg claims that some dependencies aren't fulfilled the required packages an automatic install and download of these can be triggered by issuing the following command:

sudo apt-get -f install

Distribution-independent packages

Maxima is also part of the distribution-independent snap package of wxMaxima. Informations about installing snaps can be found here.


The download instructions and links can be found in the Maxima on Android page.

Source Code

In systems not included in the previous list or if you want to build a more recent Maxima version or with a different Lisp flavor, get the source code from the Maxima-source subsection. Unpack the file and follow the instructions given in file INSTALL, which can also be read on-line.


The most recent development version of the source code can be downloaded from the GIT repository. That page shows the git command that should be used to obtain a complete copy of the repository. After getting the code, follow the instructions in INSTALL.git.

Nightly builds

For Windows a nightly build can be downloaded from Wolfgang Dautermann's Website that also provides detailled results of compilation and testbench runs on many different lisps. For Ubuntu Linux nightly builds of maxima are provided at

If the snappy apps infrastructure is installed (Info on installing it manually is here) the following command installs a distribution-independent, though large nightly build of maxima + wxMaxima on entering the following command:

sudo snap install --edge wxmaxima

Even if there is no guarantee that a nightly build will work the maxima team tries to keep its codebase as stable as possible which means that if something is broken in the nightly build which did work in the release this information normally is important for the developers.

Recent Releases

Click on a version number to see the list of main changes.

5.41.0: October 3, 2017

5.40.0: May 30, 2017

5.39.0: December 12, 2016

5.38.1: May 12, 2016