Are there any free online and/or offline alternatives to the step-by-step-solution feature of Wolfram|Alpha Pro?

This feature is able to display step-by-step-solutions of a wide variety of algebra problems, as shown in the example screenshot below.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro step-by-step-solutions



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Another great alternative is: https://www.symbolab.com/

It has also got a premium area, but its step-by-step solutions are free.

Example Screenshot: Symbolab Step-by-Step

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    Aditya at softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/48818/… says it is not free anymore. @itaton can you confirm?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Feb 26, 2018 at 2:48
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    Seems to be not free any more, and more expensive than Wolfram mobile
    – junichiro
    Apr 1, 2018 at 15:08
  • Still works for me on the website I linked. I don't know about (and haven't tested) any mobile app, which is what the question Nicolas Raoul referenced is asking.
    – itaton
    Apr 13, 2018 at 19:07
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    After using symbolab for a while, very disappointed. It's not free (requires payment for many advanced features, pretty much like WolframAlpha), it's just horribly buggy, and the functionality is very limited. You can't even copy and paste the formula in the graphing area, for example.
    – mojuba
    Oct 16, 2018 at 19:05
  • This is not true (at least as of now). I see a padlock "Show steps" button, and it says: "Subscribe to get much more: Full access to solution steps", "From $1.99". Feb 17, 2021 at 21:08

I know this isn't free, but the Wolfram Alpha mobile phone app has a one-time cost of $2.99 (at least on Android) and offers step-by-step solutions without needing a Pro account.

Screenshot showing the WolframAlpha Pro app with steps at solving a differential equation

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    works the same for ios too, as at this time Jul 7, 2018 at 19:58
  • Still seems to work as of November 2020.
    – Jean-Paul
    Nov 30, 2020 at 20:03

One good alternative is: http://gamma.sympy.org/

It doesn't show steps for factoring but it does show steps for more complicated things in Calculus like derivatives and integrals.

  • It looks like it doesn't show steps for many complicated limits, integrals, etc. for which WolframAlpha does have steps available. Dec 24, 2020 at 13:42

Another free option is photomath. Not as advanced as WolframAlpha, but may be suitable. It is available for Android.


Another free option is www.emathhelp.net

  • Does this have step-by-step? Cause I don't see anything that looks like it.
    – MaxD
    Apr 21, 2021 at 21:12
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    @MaxD this is not a one page website. The calculators are on different pages. Derivative calculator - emathhelp.net/calculators/calculus-1/derivative-calculator Use search in the upper-right corner. Or google "your query emathhelp", e.g. "factoring calculator emathhelp".
    – Paul R
    Apr 22, 2021 at 17:33

Open Omnia is an alternative to Wolfram Alpha Pro and Symbolab. Disclaimer: I am the developer.

You can find the web application here: https://openomnia.com and the android app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.openomnia.openomnia

Feel free to try it out.

  • Nice! Great project.
    – JoHKa
    Apr 21 at 0:23

Recent versions of Microsoft Edge come with something called Math Solver:

Math Solver screenshot

It provides the option to either type in the math problem or select it on the screen.

Math Solver is also accessible if you try searching for a math problem on Bing:

Math Solver on Bing

Also through a direct URL: https://mathsolver.microsoft.com/en

I tried it and was quite impressed:

Math Solver example

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    MS Mah Solver does not support pasting equations but one can replace the last part of the URL after 'solve-problem/' instead Dec 30, 2022 at 5:56

Microsoft Mathematics is a great alternative to Mathematica.

Note that I am a user of both Wolfram Mathematica and Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 .

Though the User Interface is a bit outdated, it has a lot of Mathematica-grade features.


I've just found fxSolver... It doesn't seem to show all the workings, but it does provide help and background on the inputs, and allows plotting.

fxSolver vs Bernoulli

  • I can't find any step-by-step feature on this site. Note that this question doesn't ask for a general alternative to Wolfram, but specifically for the step-by-step solution feature.
    – MaxD
    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:03

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