OpenFOAM and Paraview are currently available for Fedora 16 (Verne) and Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle).
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:
sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
OpenFOAM and Paraview also require the following packages to be installed. Execute the following at a terminal prompt.
sudo yum install openmpi openmpi-devel qt-devel qt-webkit-devel
Now install OpenFOAM by executing one of the following set of commands. For Fedora 17, replace ‘16’ with ‘17’ in the following texts.
EITHER, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 32 bit
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/i386/OpenFOAM-scotch-5.1.12-1.i686.rpm sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/i386/OpenFOAM-ParaView-3.12.0-1.i686.rpm sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/i386/OpenFOAM-2.1.1-1.i686.rpm
OR, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 64 bit.
sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/x86_64/OpenFOAM-scotch-5.1.12-1.x86_64.rpm sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/x86_64/OpenFOAM-ParaView-3.12.0-1.x86_64.rpm sudo rpm -i http://www.openfoam.org/download/fedora/16/x86_64/OpenFOAM-2.1.1-1.x86_64.rpm
OpenFOAM-2.1.1 and Paraview-3.12.0 are now installed in the /opt directory.
In order to use the installed OpenFOAM package, complete the following
- he OpenFOAM binaries were compiled with OpenMPI version 1.5. Check that an OpenMPI module is available by typing in a terminal window
This will return a list of modules that must include
openmpi-x86_64for a 64 bit system.
- Open the
.bashrcfile in the user’s home directory in an editor, e.g. by typing in a terminal window (note the dot)
- At the bottom of that file, add the following line (see Note 1),where the first line specifies the name of the
openmpimodule from step 1. Save the file
module load openmpi-x86_64 source /opt/OpenFOAM-2.1.1/etc/bashrc
- Open a new terminal window (see Note 2) and test that the
simpleFoamapplication, 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 line.
Note 2: If a user wishes to execute
simpleFoam in the same terminal window, they must first register the change to the
.bashrc file by typing at the terminal prompt (note the dots):
Create a project directory within the
$HOME/OpenFOAM directory named
chris-2.1.1 for user
chris and OpenFOAM version 2.1.1) and create a directory named
run within it, e.g. by typing:
mkdir -p $FOAM_RUN
Copy across the backward facing step example, generate the mesh with blockMesh and run the steady flow, incompressible solver simpleFoam
cd $FOAM_RUN cp -r $FOAM_TUTORIALS/incompressible/simpleFoam/pitzDaily . cd pitzDaily blockMesh simpleFoam paraFoam
Refer to the OpenFOAM User Guide to get started.
Reporting Bugs in OpenFOAM
We appreciate that bugs in OpenFOAM are reported so we can fix them. Please refer to the OpenFOAM bugs pages to report bugs.