Installing OpenFOAM 2.2.x on openSUSE 12.3

Installing OpenFOAM 2.2.x on openSUSE 12.3

The following procedure illustrates how to install OpenFOAM 2.2.x from the git repository on openSUSE 12.3, for the current users.

  1. Install the C/C++ development pattern:
    • zypper install -t pattern devel_C_C++
  2. Install other dependencies (gnuplot is optional, but useful):
    • zypper install cmake gnuplot openmpi openmpi-devel git-core
    • zypper install libqt4-devel libQtWebKit-devel libQtAssistantClient4
  3. Check that openmpi 1.6 is selected as default with:
    • mpi-selector --list
    • The output should read: “openmpi-1.6”. If not, use mpi-selector to configure the default version of openmpi (this can be done for the individual user or system-wide, acquiring administrative rights)
  4. Create the OpenFOAM directory in your home directory:
    • mkdir ~/OpenFOAM
  5. Move to the OpenFOAM directory:
    • cd ~/OpenFOAM
  6. Download the source code from the git repository:
    • git clone
  7. Download the ThirdParty package from here (command on a single line) :
    • wget -c -O ThirdParty-2.2.0.gtgz
  8. Extract the ThirdParty package and rename it as follows:
    • tar xzf ThirdParty-2.2.0.gtgz
    • mv ThirdParty-2.2.0 ThirdParty-2.2.x
  9. Add this file to the directory:
    • ~/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.2.x/etc/
  10. Add the following line to your ~/.bashrc file:
    • [Optional for multi-core compilation, replace 4 with the number of cores you want to use]: export WM_NCOMPPROCS=4
    • source $HOME/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.2.x/etc/bashrc
  11. Open a new terminal and execute this sequence of commands to compile the whole OpenFOAM suite
    • source ~/.bashrc
    • cd ~/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.2.x
    • ./Allwmake
  12. To build paraview and its reader:
    • cd ~/OpenFOAM/ThirdParty-2.2.x
    • ./makeParaView
    • cd $FOAM_UTILITIES/postProcessing/graphics/PV3Readers/
    • ./Allwclean
    • ./Allwmake
  13. At this point OpenFOAM 2.2.x should be fully functional on your openSUSE 12.3. The installation can be updated, as usual, with:
    • cd ~/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-2.2.x
    • git pull
    • wcleanLnIncludeAll
    • ./Allwmake

Note: If you have an accelerated video card, like nVidia or ATI, it is strongly recommended to install the corresponding proprietary driver.

Enjoy 🙂

This offering is not approved or endorsed by OpenCFD Limited, the producer of the OpenFOAM software and owner of the OPENFOAM® and OpenCFD® trade marks. Alberto Passalacqua is not associated to OpenCFD Ltd.

2 thoughts on “Installing OpenFOAM 2.2.x on openSUSE 12.3

  1. Berns Buenaobra

    First is that I want to thank you for these very clear and lucid instructions. It was entirely flawless from start to finish. After I made a decision to dual boot to use Linux OpenSUSE for my work a the university on CFD this was a crucial step for me. Now, I wish to be able to couple DEM with CFD hopefully with LIGGGHTS and CFD DEM on OpenSUSE.

  2. Berns Buenaobra

    I have quite a difficulty of having the new LIGGGHTS-PUBLIC compile and work with OpenFOAM to couple that with it. May I request some write up or tip, tutorial on how to make this work? LIGGGHTS is by the way from also an open source initiative that originated from the LAMMPS program/code from Sandia NL. Thanks.