IDL2Matlab automatically partially converts IDL code to MATLAB / Octave code. However, this project appears to be abandoned; there haven’t been updates in a few years.
I avoid converting code if possible, because it can introduce subtle errors. Here are some alternatives to run the unmodified IDL code for free.
Try using free GDL that is compatible with IDL.
Another possibility is to call IDL from Python or Python from IDL.
Call GDL from Python by simply:
import GDL see PYTHON.TXT
Install idl2matlab for Linux: download prereqs and code:
apt install libbison-dev flex git clone https://github.com/farhi/idl2matlab cd idl2matlab
Prepare to install in
CFLAGS = -g -fno-stack-protector
Compile and install under
make && make install
The MATLAB code that
idl2matlab produces uses a sort of cumbersome Matlab script that calls its own Matlab functions to do common tasks.
The converted code can be further optimized.
Still, probably easier than doing it all manually.