Octave CLI with AquaTerm on Mac OS X

I’m in need of AquaTerm to plot graphics using gnuplot with octave-cli. In other words, I need the following Octave command to produce a nice little graphical plot

octave:1> sombrero


To install aquaterm using homebrew

brew cask install aquaterm

Check lib and headers are properly linked

ls /usr/local/lib/libaquaterm*
ls /usr/local/include/aquaterm/*

If that lists nothing, run

ln -s /Library/Frameworks/AquaTerm.framework/Versions/A/AquaTerm /usr/local/lib/libaquaterm.dylib
ln -s /Library/Frameworks/AquaTerm.framework/Versions/A/AquaTerm /usr/local/lib/libaquaterm.1.1.1.dylib
mkdir /usr/local/include/aquaterm
ln -s /Library/Frameworks/AquaTerm.framework/Versions/A/Headers/* /usr/local/include/aquaterm/.

Install gnuplot with aquaterm

brew install gnuplot --with-aquaterm

Run gnuplot and check whether terminal is set to aqua

$ gnuplot 

	G N U P L O T
	Version 5.0 patchlevel 6    last modified 2017-03-18

	Copyright (C) 1986-1993, 1998, 2004, 2007-2017
	Thomas Williams, Colin Kelley and many others

	gnuplot home:     http://www.gnuplot.info
	faq, bugs, etc:   type "help FAQ"
	immediate help:   type "help"  (plot window: hit 'h')

Terminal type set to 'aqua'
gnuplot> test

The test command should produce a nice little plot such as


Prior versions of octave-cli e.g. 3.8.0 use gnuplot, so you don’t have to do anything else. Newer versions of Octave e.g. 4.2.1 use a different graphics toolkit  that leverages OpenGL. You can switch to gnuplot as follows

octave:1> graphics_toolkit ("gnuplot")



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Try it while the following equation is displayed on a second screen


It does have its limitations though. An equation such as the following is currently unsolvable


Wolfram Alpha makes short work of that equation when you query it using its \LaTeX representation.