OpenCFD Release OpenFOAM®  v1906


This year OpenCFD celebrates its 15 years since it first brought you OpenFOAM - version 1.0 in December 2004 - as free and open source.

In preparing for this 15 year anniversary of OpenFOAM we referenced historic copyrights for some source code files in the OpenFOAM-v1906 release for the period prior to 2011 which may have caused some confusion; this was inadvertent on our part - the intention was to highlight OpenCFD’s contribution and long-standing commitment to OpenFOAM, and not to claim intellectual property that OpenCFD had in fact previously transferred to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc and OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. We rectified the text as of 4th November 2019 - users are cautioned to use source files from after that date to the extent possible.

OpenCFD is pleased to announce the June 2019 release of OpenFOAM® v1906. This release extends OpenFOAM-v1812 features across many areas of the code. The new functionality represents development sponsored by OpenCFD’s customers, internally funded developments, and integration of features and changes from the OpenFOAM community.

OpenFOAM is distributed by OpenCFD under the GPL license as:

Please refer to the download instructions to obtain the code.

The development repositories are publicly available. These repositories are regularly updated with bug fixes and new functionality.




Solvers and physical models

Boundary conditions


  • New and extended parallel run-time image generation more...
  • New finite area output more...
  • Updated forces post-processing more...
  • New Lamb vector function object more...
  • Improvements in surface sampling and writing more...
  • New run-time triggers more...


  • Extended distributed triangulated surface functionality more...
  • Easier interfacing to Metis libraries more...
  • New random decomposition more...
  • New parallel profiling functionality more...


  • New cross-compiled OpenFOAM version for MS-Windows® more...
  • New and updated compiler support more...
  • Easier processor optimisation tweaks more...
  • Direct access to compiler settings more...

About us

OpenFOAM is produced by the core ESI-OpenCFD team

  • Andrew Heather
  • Mattijs Janssens
  • Sergio Ferraris
  • Mark Olesen
  • Prashant Sonakar
  • Pawan Ghildiyal
  • Kutalmis Bercin
  • Roger Almenar
  • Matej Forman
  • Sebastien Vilfayeau
  • Siby Mandapathil Baby
  • Mayur Wala
  • Son Vo
  • Karen Kettle
  • Ann Ronchetti
  • Fred Mendonca
  • Swapnil Salokhe
  • Jean-Michel Esclafer de la Rode

With wider support from the global ESI team

  • ESI Group (GmbH)
  • ESI Group (ESI Software (India) Private Limited)
  • ESI Group (North America)
  • ESI Group (Nihon ESI)

And contributions from

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