The OpenFOAM Foundation
Install the latest version of OpenFOAM
Packaged installation for Ubuntu Linux released on 20nd July 2021. A simple installation option for OpenFOAM, native to Ubuntu Linux.
Run on other Linux distributions, including RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SLES and openSuSE, using Docker. Another simple installation option.
Run on macOS Desktop v10.14+, using the Docker container system. Another simple installation option.
Get cutting-edge technology with the development line OpenFOAM-dev
Packaged installation for Ubuntu Linux, updated weekly. The simplest installation option for the development line of OpenFOAM.
Packaged installation, updated weekly, for Other Linux including RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SLES and openSuSE, using Docker
Packaged installation, updated weekly, for macOS Desktop v10.14+, using the Docker container system.
Run OpenFOAM 8 and -dev directly on Windows 10
Need to run OpenFOAM quickly, reduce system administration, or access CFD resources on demand?
Users can compile OpenFOAM from Source Code
Compile the source code for OpenFOAM, including all the lastest developments. Requires Linux system administration.
Source code for compilation on Linux distributions, including all the lastest bug fixes. Requires Linux system administration.
Source code for compilation on Linux distributions, from version 9, released on 20th July 2021.
Release announcements from version 1.0 in 2004, to the present day
Old Versions of OpenFOAM
The cost of sustaining OpenFOAM is currently € 250k per year. With well over 10,000 users of OpenFOAM, that’s less than € 25 per user per year. Compare that to some single-user licences of commercial CFD software that are 1000 times more expensive!
OpenFOAM cannot be funded through individual donations since fewer than 1% of people generally donate to something that they can otherwise obtain for free. Instead, organisations with commercial dependence on OpenFOAM should contribute to the cost of sustaining it.
The OpenFOAM Foundation provides Maintenance Plans for organisations to support sustainability. There are three levels of Plan: Gold (€ 20k per year); Silver (€ 5k); and, Bronze (€ 1k). The funding supports a full-time team of core developers with combined skills in software design, programming, numerics, science and engineering, mainly at CFD Direct (including OpenFOAM’s creator, Henry Weller).
Find out more about Maintenance Plans
… so that users waste less time on routine tasks and more time on important issues.
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