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OpenFOAM 9 in a Linux virtual machine


If you are new to Linux and OpenFOAM, and if you do not want to go thru the hustle and bustle of partitioning your hard drive, backing-up your data, and installing Linux and OpenFOAM, we highly recommend you use this Linux virtual machine based on OpenSUSE 15.3.

You can install this Linux virtual machine under Windows, MacOS, and Linux (yes, you can install a Linux virtual machine in Linux). To do so, we highly recommend using VMWare Workstation player (for Windows or Linux), or VMware Fusion (for MacOS). Both versions are free for non-commercial personal use.

This virtual machine comes with OpenFOAM 9 and OpenFOAM v2106 pre-installed, plus a few additional applications for visualization, optimization, and data analysis.  It also comes with all the compilers and libraries necessary to compile most of the applications.

At the following links, you can download the latest version (code named SUSEFoam2021v1) supporting OpenFOAM 9 and OpenFOAM v2106.

Note. The default hardware settings of the virtual machines are: 10 GB. RAM, 4 cores, and 8 GB. video memory. You can change these settings at any time.


User information:

User:            cfd-user
Password:    cfd1234

User:            root
Password:    cfd1234


To load OpenFOAM, type in the terminal:
    of9 or of2106

To load Python anaconda, type in the terminal:

To load the standalone version of paraview, type in the terminal:
    First type paraview_source and then type paraview591

Type alias in the terminal window to know all the predefined aliases, or open the .bashrc file using your favorite text editor.


You can find the OpenFOAM training material, validation cases, and additional tutorials at this link:



At this link, you can find a Youtube playlist with general instructions on how to create a virtual machine and how to compile OpenFOAM.


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