6th August 2018

OpenFOAM v6 | Patch Releases

Patched versions of the openfoam6 pack have been released for the following versions of Ubuntu Linux, 64 bit:

  • 16.04 LTS, codename xenial
  • 18.04 LTS, codename bionic
  • 18.10, codename cosmic (from 30th November 2018)
  • 19.04, codename disco (from 20th June 2019)

Patched versions of openfoam6 were previously released for the following versions, but are no longer updated:

  • 14.04 LTS, codename trusty until April 2019.

See the Download v6 | Ubuntu page for installation and upgrade instructions.

The packs can be installed or upgraded on Windows 10 and have been used to update the installations for other Linux and macOS platforms that use Docker to provide a self-contained environment, see Download v6 | Linux and Download v6 | macOS.

The Patch Releases of OpenFOAM 6 are:  20190620, 20190304, 20190108, 20181221, 20181130, 20180805, 20180710

Subversion Numbering

The OpenFOAM Foundation maintains two public repositories of source code of OpenFOAM:

The openfoam6 packs include the source code of OpenFOAM.  Each pack has a subversion number represented by the packaging date in YYYYMMDD format.   For example, a user can list the subversions of the openfoam6 packs by the following command:

apt-cache policy openfoam6

This writes text, e.g. for the initial release and first patched versions of OpenFOAM-6. 

  Installed: 20180805
  Candidate: 20180805
  Version table:
 *** 20180805 500
        500 xenial/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     20180710 500
        500 xenial/main amd64 Packages

Source Code of a Subversion

The OpenFOAM-6 repository is tagged with the subversion number so that users can reference the source code corresponding to a particular pack exactly.  Using the tag, the corresponding source code can be obtained either as a tar.gz archive or using Git.

From OpenFOAM 5 onwards, the patched versions can be viewed in a browser at with links to download the archived sources.   For example, to download the patch version 20180805, the user can click the link labelled 6.20180805.  After downloading and extracting the archive, it is recommended to be renamed without the subversion number.  From the command line the download, extraction and renaming can be done by:

wget -O - | tar xvz
mv OpenFOAM-6-* OpenFOAM-6

The same source code can be obtained from the repository using Git, e.g.

git clone
cd OpenFOAM-6
git checkout tags/20180805