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This thread aims to guide those who feel completely lost in where to find information on how to install OpenFOAM.

These are the known installation instructions for OpenFOAM and many of its variants:
  1. The instructions for the official OpenFOAM versions are provided at the OpenFOAM Foundation website.
  2. The instructions for the official OpenFOAM+ versions are provided at the OpenCFD (ESI group) website.
  3. The instructions for the foam-extend (community fork) can be found here:
    1. foam-extend 4.0 Installation instructions @
    2. foam-extend 3.2 Installation instructions @
    3. foam-extend 3.1 Installation instructions @
    4. foam-extend 3.0 Installation instructions @
  4. Installation instructions for installing Caelus-CML (fork) can be found at the Caelus-CML website.
  5. The instructions for installing FreeFOAM are provided at their official website: FreeFOAM Installation Instructions
  6. Instructions written by the community are mostly centralized at, in the page Installation. There you'll find dedicated instructions for each version and Operating System.
  7. Questions about installing any of these versions/variants can be asked at the (unofficial) forum here at CFD-Online: OpenFOAM Installation
    1. For issues with installing OpenFOAM+ from ESI-OpenCFD, please use the prefix [].
    2. For issues with installing OpenFOAM from the OpenFOAM Foundation, please use the prefix [].
    3. For issues with installing foam-extend (including the old 1.6-ext and 1.5-dev forks) from the foam-extend project, please use the prefix [].
    4. For issues with any other fork/variant, please use the prefix [Other].
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