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morteza08 June 14, 2011 14:44

OPENFOAM for microsoft windows
hi all.
I am planning to start working with openfoam.
Is there any version of this code for windows.
I heared that it is only for linux.

wyldckat June 14, 2011 15:18

Greetings Morteza,

You were so close... There is an area dedicated for this on this forum: OpenFOAM Windows Installation

But I suppose you did browse it briefly and came up empty handed. So basically it sums up to this:
  • There is no official release of OpenFOAM for Windows. Officially, the closest you'll get is this:
    The reason:

    Originally Posted by
    Our belief in free, open source software goes beyond our promise to the OpenFOAM users. Primarily, we think people should have a right to modify and redistribute software they use and that they should have a guarantee that they will be able to use it indefinitely; free, open source software, gives them this. We believe in open file formats; we oppose software patents; and, we do not work on operating systems, such as Windows, Mac OSX and iOS, that limit people’s freedom to use computers and software the way they want to.

  • Unofficially, there are various modifications for making OpenFOAM run on Windows going around the Internet, including paid and supported versions of those modifications. You can find a list here (although not 100% complete):
  • You can find some of the wiki pages available at about this subject here:
Best regards,

alberto June 15, 2011 02:24

My hint is to actually use Linux, since you will have to learn the basics of UNIX systems anyway to use OpenFOAM, and these days using Linux is not that complicated.

You might want to consider a friendly distribution like openSUSE or Ubuntu.


gwierink June 15, 2011 03:07

Hi Morteza,

I very much agree with Alberto. But if you have to stick with Windows for some reason, you could also start with OpenFOAM on a VirtualBox, as explained here.

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