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Cantor (software)

Cantor 0.1 displaying the plot of a function
Original author(s) Alexander Rieder
Developer(s) KDE Education Project
Initial release 2009 (2009)
Stable release 0.2 / January 2011 (2011-01)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Any Unix-like, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Type Mathematical software
License GPL

Cantor is a free software mathematics application for scientific statistics and analysis.[1][2] It is part of the KDE Software Compilation 4, and was introduced with the 4.4 release[1] as part of the KDE Education Project's kdeedu package.


Cantor is a graphical user interface that delegates its mathematical operations to one of several back ends. Its plugin-based structure allows adding different backends. It can make use of Sage, Maxima, R, KAlgebra, Qalculate!, Python, Scilab, GNU Octave and Lua.[3][4]

Cantor provides a consistent interface to these backends; its project page lists the following features:[3]

  • Nice Worksheet view for evaluating expressions
  • View of plotting results inside the worksheet or in a separate window
  • Typesetting of mathematical formulas using LaTeX
  • Backend aware syntax highlighting
  • Plugin based assistant dialogs for common tasks (like integrating a function or entering a matrix)

Cantor was the first KDE project to implement upload to the GetHotNewStuff addon service, which is used to download or upload example worksheets. It provided impetus for improvement of this feature for KDE SC 4.4.[5]


  1. ^ a b Müller, Andrea (2010-02-10). "KDE SC 4.4: Fresh breeze for KDE". Retrieved 2010-05-15. Cantor [is one of the] new applications. Cantor is a scientific statistics and analysis program…. 
  2. ^ Bhat, Sathya (2010-02-10). "openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1 makes its appearance". Retrieved 2010-05-15. …new applications such as … Rocs & Cantor – the scientific applications for advanced math and graph theory needs. 
  3. ^ a b Mahfouf, Anne-Marie (2009-11-07). "The KDE Education Project - Cantor". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ Rieder, Alexander. "The Cantor Handbook".  
  5. ^ annma (2009-09-26). "Cantor (part 1) or A Successful Integration in the KDE Community". Retrieved 2010-05-15. I suggested to use GHNS in order to share examples and worksheets. Not only A.R. [Alexander Rieder] implemented it for download, he also managed to be the first one to implement upload. He contacted Jeremy W, Josef S and Frank K and he thus initiated some impulse to improve GHNS and file sharing. The finishing touches to upload should be tackled for 4.4. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Download source code and Windows and Mac version.
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