gretl man page

gretl — GNU Regression, Econometrics and Time-series Library


gretl [ options ] [ datafile | scriptfile | sessionfile ]


gretl is an econometrics package, built around a shared library which may be accessed using a command-line client program (gretlcli) or a graphical user interface (gretl_x11).  The program gretl is a wrapper script that calls the GUI if the DISPLAY environment variable is set, otherwise the command-line client.  

For details, please start up either the GUI or the command-line client and consult the online help, or read the printed manual, which is available in PDF format via the gretl website,


These are the options supported by the gretl_x11 program; gretlcli is a little different.

-r script, --run script

Open a script.

-c, --dump

Dump the configuration file.

-d database, --db database

Open a local database.

-e, --english

Force use of English.

-r script, --run script

Open a script.

-w database, --webdb database

Open a remote database.

-h, --help

Give help information and exit.

-v, --version

Give version information and exit.


~/.gretl2rc per-user configuration file

~/.gretl directory for user runtime files

Environment Variables


Specifies the user's home directory


Specifies the X window display to use

See Also



The gretl team


1.9.5 The gretl team econometrics