Learn MATLAB using Octave-online

Learn MATLAB programming without installing anything on your computer or tablet
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (455 ratings)
14,133 students
38min of on-demand video
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Ability to use an online emulator to learn MATLAB


  • Interest in learning MATLAB programming


Do you need to learn MATLAB but don't have a license? Is your computer too space-limited to install >2GB programs? Then this course might be right for you. You will learn how to use Octave-online as a tool for learning the MATLAB programming language. Octave is a free cross-platform numerical processing software that interprets almost all MATLAB code (and code from many other programming languages). Therefore, people often use it as a way to learn and use MATLAB even if they don’t have access to MATLAB.

But most people install Octave locally on their computer. That’s fine, of course. But there are times when you want to use a program without having to install it. That’s the neat part of Octave-online: You don't need to download or install anything! All you need is a browser and an internet connection. And I assume you have that if you’re reading this text ;)

Please note that this is not a course on programming; this is a course on using an online tool that will help you learn MATLAB programming. That means you won’t learn how to program in MATLAB here; you will learn about a free tool that you can use to help you learn MATLAB.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning MATLAB, but doesn't have MATLAB installed


Educator and writer
Mike X Cohen
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MATLAB programming: MATLAB onramp; Master MATLAB; Image Processing

Python programming: Master Python programming by solving scientific projects; Master Math by Coding in Python

Applied linear algebra: Complete Linear Algebra; Dimension Reduction

Signal processing: Understand the Fourier Transform; Generate and visualize data; Signal Processing; Neural signal processing

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