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PyFoam: Installation

April 11, 2011


* Make sure that OpenFOAM is installed (

* Make sure that Python installed

* Install Boost library (

sudo apt-get install libboost-dev libboost-doc


Then follow the instructions below in order to build and install the “pyFoam” – Python  OpenFOAM binding.

Basic Installation

Current version (0.5.5)

  1. Untar it
  2. Go to the directory PyFoam-0.5.5
  3. Install it with the command
python install

Testing the installation

To test whether the installation of PyFoam is working start the interactive Python shell with


(The shell can be left with Control-D). In that shell type

import PyFoam
import PyFoam.FoamInformation
print PyFoam.FoamInformation.foamTutorials()

If the last command produces an output similar to


everything is well.

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 7, 2011 3:54 am

    I tried it and appeared an error ,for example ” bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(‘ ”
    after I complied command “print PyFoam.FoamInformation.foamTutorials() ” .
    Plz, can you help me?
    thanks !

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