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Description: open source CFD software package
SHARCNET Package information: see OPENFOAM software page in web portal
Full list of SHARCNET supported software


OpenFOAM is a free, open source CFD software package produced by a commercial company, OpenCFD Ltd ( It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organisations.


Due to a variety of versions with third party installation for each group/user, SHARCNET does not provide the module for this software and instead we support the users to install his or her own version in the user's working directory. If you need a support for installation, please see below for instance or open a ticket for the help.

Version Selection

As of July 2014, version 2.3.0 is the latest version.


Here is a short instruction about how to install the package. Here the package is installed in /work/$USER.

0. Make directory

[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac] mkdir OpenFOAM

1. Download the package (source + third party) and unzip the package

[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac] cd OpenFOAM
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM] wget
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM] wget
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM] tar zxvf OpenFOAM-2.3.0.tgz
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM] tar zxvf ThirdParty-2.3.0.tgz

2. Check the module environment and change into

[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM] cd OpenFOAM-2.3.0
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] module list
Currently Loaded Modulefiles:
 1) torque/2.5.13            3) intel/12.1.3             5) mkl/10.3.9               7) ldwrapper/1.1
 2) moab/7.1.1               4) openmpi/intel/1.6.2      6) sq-tm/2.5                8) user-environment/2.0.1
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] module switch intel/12.1.3 gcc/4.8.2
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] module switch openmpi/intel/1.6.2 openmpi/gcc/1.8.1
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] module list
Currently Loaded Modulefiles:
 1) torque/2.5.13            3) gcc/4.8.2                5) mkl/10.3.9               7) ldwrapper/1.1
 2) moab/7.1.1               4) openmpi/gcc/1.8.1        6) sq-tm/2.5                8) user-environment/2.0.1

3. Change basic environment script for OpenFOAM

[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] vi etc/bashrc
45 #foamInstall=$HOME/$WM_PROJECT
46 foamInstall=/work/$USER/$WM_PROJECT
[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] source etc/bashrc

4. Submitting a job to compile

[isaac@orc-login2:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0] sqsub -r 1d -o log -e err --mpp=4G /work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0/Allwmake

Submitting Parallel Jobs

Before submitting a job, you should load the appropriate working environment by

[isaac@orc-login1:~] source /work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0/etc/bashrc

You may setup an alias to load the working environment by inserting the following into '~/.bashrc'

[isaac@orc-login1:~] vi .bashrc

alias of23='source /work/isaac/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.3.0/etc/bashrc'

To submit a job,

sqsub -q mpi -n {No of Subdomains} -r {Run Time Required} -o {Log File} -e {error reporting file} --mpp {mem required per processor} 
{OpenFOAM Solver} -parallel

Pre/Post Processing

Since all SHARCNET machines are targeted to run the CPU-intensive jobs, all Pre- and Post-processing has to be done via our Visualization machines.

Isaacs-MacBook-iPro:~ isaac$ ssh -Y

Instead of paraFoam, there is the 'PARAVIEW' installed in our visualization machines. To run it, simply type

[isaac@localhost:/work/isaac/OpenFOAM/isaac-2.3.0/run/tutorials/incompressible/icoFoam/cavity] paraview

Note that the grid generation 'blockMesh' must be done in the main cluster and paraview is only used to check the grid and results. The details for paraview can be found in our wiki page[[1]].


o OpenFOAM Homepage