OpenFOAM 1.6.x on Windows
For the latest version of our Windows patch for OpenFOAM visit "OpenFOAM 2.1.x on Windows 64-bit with MS MPI".
We have updated our Windows patch for OpenFOAM to match the latest OpenFOAM release (v1.6.x). Be warned - to build OpenFOAM for Windows with a cross compiler requires expert knowledge of Linux utilities and compilers.
Are you looking for a GUI driven, integrated simulation environment for Windows and Linux incorporating a selection of the RANS OpenFOAM solvers and various import/export filters? Then try our Caedium RANS Flow add-on.
A set of OpenFOAM binary applications are available for purchase at "OpenFlow: OpenFOAM for Windows."
The following steps are required to produce a native Windows version of OpenFOAM 1.6.x using a cross compiler:
- Configure, build, install and test a MinGW cross compiler for Windows running on Linux. I used the build-mingw.sh script.
#include_next <float.h>to the end of
lib/gcc/mingw32/4.4.1/include/float.h and remove it from
mingw32/include/float.h to include the right float.h.
- Install the OpenFOAM 1.6.x source distribution on Linux - git Commit: 50d2858505ca00e44776ce89cab97f9a33f098e8 Date: Dec 2 15:26:12 2009.
- Patch (using the Linux patch command) the OpenFOAM 1.6.x source distribution with our MinGW Windows modifications [last updated March 5, 2010 to v10].
- Copy wmkdep and dirToString from wmake/bin/linuxGcc to wmake/bin/linuxmingw32.
- Export environment variables and source etc/bashrc. As an example:
- Build using Allwmake in the OpenFOAM-1.6.x directory on Linux.
- Transfer the OpenFOAM executables (applications/bin/linuxmingw32*/*.exe) and libraries (lib/linuxmingw32*/*.dll) to the Windows computer.
- Launch a Windows command prompt to run OpenFOAM solvers and utilities, such as simpleFoam.exe.
On the Windows computer ensure the following:
- The WM_PROJECT_DIR and USERNAME variables are set.
- The etc directory from the original source distribution is within the WM_PROJECT_DIR.
- The PATH variable is set to include the OpenFOAM executable and library locations.
With this method of building OpenFOAM for Windows the following features (there maybe more) are unavailable:
- job control scripts in bin (such as foamSolverSweeps)
The following applications and libraries are unlikely to build:
- Scotch, metis, MPI and any dependents