OpenFOAM and Paraview are currently available for Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) and Fedora 19 (Schroedinger’s Cat).
We have generated RPM packs of OpenFOAM, scotch/ptscotch and Paraview for Fedora. The packs are dependent on other software, available as standard RPM packs for Fedora. Before installing OpenFOAM, please ensure that your Fedora installation includes all the software in the Development Tools group, which can be installed with yum by executing the following at a terminal prompt:
OpenFOAM and Paraview also require the following packages to be installed. Execute the following at a terminal prompt.
Now install OpenFOAM by executing one of the following set of commands. For Fedora 19, replace ‘18’ with ‘19’ in the following texts.
EITHER, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 32 bit
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/18/i386/OpenFOAM-ParaView-4.1.0-1.i686.rpm
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/18/i386/OpenFOAM-2.3.0-1.i686.rpm
OR, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 64 bit.
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/18/x86_64/OpenFOAM-ParaView-4.1.0-1.x86_64.rpm
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/18/x86_64/OpenFOAM-2.3.0-1.x86_64.rpm
OpenFOAM-2.3.0 and Paraview-4.1.0 are now installed in the /opt directory.
In order to use the installed OpenFOAM package, complete the following
- The OpenFOAM binaries were compiled with OpenMPI version 1.6.3. Check
that an OpenMPI module is available by typing in a terminal window
- Open the .bashrc file in the user’s home directory in an editor, e.g. by
typing in a terminal window (note the dot) gedit ~/.bashrc
- At the bottom of that file, add the following lines (see Note 1), where the
first line specifies the name of the openmpi module from step 1. Save
the file module load openmpi-x86_64
- Open a new terminal window (see Note 2) and test that the icoFoam
application, from the OpenFOAM package, is working by typing
- A “Usage” message should appear. Your installation and user configuration is complete.
Note 1: If a similar line has already been added to the user’s .bashrc file, e.g. for
a previous version of OpenFOAM, then the line should be deleted or,
alternatively, commented out by inserting a # at the beginning of the
Note 2: If a user wishes to execute icoFoam in the same terminal window, they must first register the change to the .bashrc file by typing at the terminal prompt (note the dots): source $HOME/.bashrc
Create a project directory within the $HOME/OpenFOAM directory named <USER>-2.3.0 (e.g. chris-2.3.0 for user chris and OpenFOAM version 2.3.0) and create a directory named run within it, e.g. by typing:
We appreciate that bugs in OpenFOAM are reported so we can fix them. Please refer to the OpenFOAM bugs pages to report bugs.