1st September 2020

OpenFOAM v8 | Patch Releases

Patched versions of the openfoam8 pack have been released for the following versions of Ubuntu Linux, 64 bit:

  • 16.04 LTS, codename xenial
  • 18.04 LTS, codename bionic
  • 19.10, codename eoan (until 20200901)
  • 20.04 LTS, codename focal
  • 20.10, codename groovy (from 20201114)
  • 21.04, codename hirsute(from 20210316)

See the Download v8 | 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 v8 | Linux and Download v8 | macOS.

The Patch Releases of OpenFOAM 8 are: 20200901, 20201114 and 20210316

Subversion Numbering

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

The openfoam8 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 openfoam8 packs by the following command:

apt-cache policy openfoam8

This writes text, e.g. for the initial release and first patched versions of OpenFOAM-8:

  Installed: 20200901
  Candidate: 20200722
  Version table:
 *** 20200901 500
        500 focal/main amd64 Packages
     20200722 500
        500 focal/main amd64 Packages

Source Code of a Subversion

The OpenFOAM-8 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.

The patched versions can be viewed in a browser at with links to download the archived sources.   For example, to download the patch version 20200901, the user can click the link labelled 8.20200901.  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-8-* OpenFOAM-8

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

git clone
cd OpenFOAM-8
git checkout tags/20200901