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Installation of Maxima in Windows

  1. Download the latest Maxima version, which is currently: 5.41.0-Windows. You should download the first file you see, ending with win64.exe, unless you have an old CPU, in which case you will need the win32.exe version.
  2. Run that file you downloaded to start the installation process. It might take some time, because the installation program will also install other additional programs separate from Maxima.
  3. Once the installation process ends, look in the directory where you installed Maxima, which will be something similar to: C:\\maxima_5.41.0. In that directory you should find a sub-directory named bin, which has the programs that were installed. Before you run any of those programs, make sure your antivirus will not touch the programs there. If you're not sure, make a backup of that directory somewhere. It happens very often that after the first time you run Maxima the antivirus deletes the program considering a virus. The back-up will help you recover the missing files without having to install Maxima again.
  4. Before running Maxima, execute the program lispselector which is in the same bin directory mentioned in the previous step. Select "SBCL" which will solve many errors that appear when using the default "Clisp".
  5. Try the three interfaces to Maxima that you will find in the bin directory: Command-line Maxima, Xmaxima and Wxmaxima. And check that you get the %i1 prompt and can execute some basic commands.
  6. To make sure Maxima can also launch the two graphic programs it uses, run the following two commands which should create plots:
                plot2d (x, [x,0,1]);
                plotdf ([y,-x]);

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