Last Updated on June 16, 2023
One of the basic utilities supplied with any operating system is the calculator. These are often simple utilities that are perfectly adequate for basic use. They typically include trigonometric functions, logarithms, factorials, parentheses and a memory function.
However, the calculators featured in this article are significantly more sophisticated.
Occasionally, the calculator tool provided with an operating system did not engender any confidence. The classic example being the calculator shipped with Windows 3.1 which could not even reliably subtract two numbers. Rest assured, the calculators featured here offer precision quality.
We make the following recommendations captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. We feature free and open source software only here. We cover separately graphical calculator tools.
Let’s explore the terminal-based calculator tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Genius||Desktop calculator, an educational tool in mathematics, and for research|
|insect||High precision scientific calculator supporting physical units|
|kalker||Calculator with math syntax|
|wcalc||Uses intuitive expressions and implicit multiplication|
|concalc||Parser-algorithm of extcalc|
|calc||C-style arbitrary precision calculator|
|clac||Stack-based calculator with postfix notation|
|pcalc||Terminal calculator made for programmers|
|kalc||Complex numbers, 2d/3d graphing, arbitrary precision calculator|
|orpie||curses-based RPN calculator|
|Quich||Just an advanced terminal calculator|
|mucalc||Convenient calculator for the command line|
This article focuses on terminal-based calculators. If you want a GUI, check out our best free graphical Linux calculators roundup. If you’re looking for something more akin to bc (an arbitrary precision calculator), you’ll want to consult Alternatives to popular CLI tools: bc.
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