How to install Scilab under Windows

A lot of the articles on x-engineer.org are using Scilab as programming/simulation environment. In this article we are going to follow step by step the installation process of Scilab under Windows.

For this particular example we are using Scilab 5.4.0 (Beta 1 release) and Windows Vista. The same installation procedure should be valid for newer versions of Scilab and Windows.

Before you start the Scilab installation process make sure that you have administrator rights on Windows and an internet connection.

Step 1. Download Scilab

Go to Scilab website, under the Download section and choose your installation package. For windows operating systems the are two versions: 32 and 64-bit. Download the one matching your operating system.

The size of the installation kit is well above 100 MB so the download time will depend in your internet connection speed.

When the download is complete you’ll have on your disk drive an *.exe file (e.g. scilab-5.4.0.exe)

Step 2: Run *.exe file

Scilab on Windows - Security Warning

Image: Scilab on Windows – Security Warning

Execute the downloaded *.exe file. Make sure that you have administrator rights on your operating system.

Click on the “Run” button.

Step 3: Select the language to be used during the installation process

Scilab on Windows - Select Setup Language

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Setup Language

Use the drop down list to select the desired language.

Scilab on Windows - Select Setup Language

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Setup Language

After the language selection, click on the “OK” button.

Step 4: Launch the Scilab Setup Wizard

Scilab on Windows - Start Screen

Image: Scilab on Windows – Start Screen

It is recommended that you close all other applications before starting the installation wizard.

Click “Next” button.

Step 5: Read the License Agreement

Scilab on Windows - License Agreement

Image: Scilab on Windows – License Agreement

After you read the License Agreement and if you agree to the terms, select “I accept the agreement” and click on the “Next” button.

If you press the “Back” button you’ll go to the previous installation step. Clicking on the “Cancel” button will abort the installation process.

Step 6: Select the installation folder from you local hard drive

Scilab on Windows - Select Destination Location

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Destination Location

First make sure that you have enough free disk space for Scilab installation. On the bottom of the screen there is a message informing you the minimum free space required for the software.

Choose in which folder on your computer Scilab will be installed. You can leave the default folder path.

Click “Next” button.

Step 7: Select the type of installation

Scilab on Windows - Select Components

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Components

You can choose what software modules you want to install with Scilab. From the drop-down menu you can choose the type of installation. “Full installation” will install the complete/full package of components/modules.

Be aware that the “Full installation” type will require around 500 MB of free disk space.

You can see some details about the installed modules/components by clicking on the “About modules …” button.

After your selection, click “Next” button.

Step 8: Select Start Menu Folder

Scilab on Windows - Select Start Menu Folder

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Start Menu Folder

You can choose the Start Menu folder for the installation. If you want a different location than the default one, click the “Browse…” button.

After you made your choice, click the “Next” button.

Step 9: Select Additional Tasks

Scilab on Windows - Select Additional Tasks

Image: Scilab on Windows – Select Additional Tasks

If you want to create a Desktop icon make sure to check the box for “Create a desktop icon”.

Check all three boxes for file association This way you’ll associate *.sce, *.sci, *.tst, *.xcos, *.cos and *.cosf files with Scilab.

Click “Next” button to continue.

Step 10: Review all installation settings

Scilab on Windows - Ready to Install

Image: Scilab on Windows – Ready to Install

Before the installation starts you’ll see a summary window with the installation settings. If something is not as expected use the “Back” button to get to the desired menu to perform changes.

If all the settings are as expected, click the “Install” button.

Step 11: Wait for the installation to complete

Scilab on Windows - Installing

Image: Scilab on Windows – Installing

Depending on the performance of you computer (CPU, RAM, HDD) the installation time will vary. If you want to abort the installation click the “Cancel” button. Otherwise wait until the progress bar fills up.

Step 12: Setup Finished

Scilab on Windows - Completing the Setup Wizard

Image: Scilab on Windows – Completing the Setup Wizard

At this point the installation is finished, Scilab is installed on your computer.

If you check the box for “Launch Scilab”, when you click the “Finish” button, Scilab will be launched.

Click the “Finish” button to exit the Setup Wizard.

Step 13: Launch Scilab

Scilab on Windows – Launch Scilab

Image: Scilab on Windows – Launch Scilab

When you launch Scilab you’ll get the start screen as in the image above. Try to perform some basic mathematical operations to make sure that the installation was successful.

If got stuck during the installation process or if you need more informations, use the comment form below to feedback.

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  1. PROF. FALESH RAMCHANDRA VORA
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