How to use FFTW

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Getting Started

Note that this is done on an Ubuntu operating system, on Windows some steps are different.

  • Step 2: Extract and Configure it (my path: /home/jafarabadi/Documents/fftw-3.3.4)
cd /home/jafarabadi/Documents/fftw-3.3.4
./configure
make
make install
  • Alternatively install fftw through your package manager (e.g. pacman -Sy fftw)
  • Step 3: Add library to project: first open [your_project_name].pro file in Qt Creator and add this line:
LIBS += -lfftw3
  • Step 4: Example

  1. include <fftw3.h>

int N;

// Set N to the number of complex elements in the input array

fftw_complex *in, *out; in = (fftw_complex *)fftw_malloc(sizeof(fftw_complex) * N); out = (fftw_complex *)fftw_malloc(sizeof(fftw_complex) * N);

// Initialize 'in' with N complex entries

fftw_plan my_plan; my_plan = fftw_plan_dft_1d(N, in, out, FFTW_FORWARD, FFTW_ESTIMATE); fftw_execute(my_plan);

// Use 'out' for something

fftw_destroy_plan(my_plan); fftw_free(in); fftw_free(out);

// A short tutorial: // http://www2.math.uu.se/~figueras/Other/text/fftw_tutorial.pdf