OpenFOAM 2.2.x on Windows

We have updated our free Windows source code patch for the latest OpenFOAM® release (v2.2.x). As with the previous version this patch also supports 64-bit compilation using the MinGW-w64 cross-compiler and parallel computation using the native Windows MS MPI implementation provided by the free Microsoft MPI Redistributable and also available on Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2012 for clusters.


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Patch Build Process

To build OpenFOAM for Windows with a cross-compiler requires expert knowledge of Windows and Linux utilities and compilers.

The following steps are required to produce a native Windows version of OpenFOAM 2.2.x 64-bit with [optional] native Windows MS MPI:

  1. Install MinGW-w64 cross-compiler and zlib on Linux
  2. Install zlib files into following locations:
    • <mingw-w64>/x86_64-w64-mingw32/include/zconf.h
    • <mingw-w64>/x86_64-w64-mingw32/include/zlib.h
    • <mingw-w64>/bin/zlib1.dll
    • <mingw-w64>/x86_64-w64-mingw32/lib/libz.a
    • <mingw-w64>/x86_64-w64-mingw32/lib/libzdll.a
  3. If you see an error while compiling like:
    signals/sigFpe.C:45:15: error: '_clearfp' was not declared in this scope
    You need to add #include_next <float.h> to the end of
    <mingw-w64>/lib/gcc/x86_64-w64-mingw32/<gcc-version>/include/float.h and remove it from
    <mingw-w64>/x86_64-w64-mingw32/include/float.h to include the right float.h
  4. [optional] Create libmsmpi.a from Microsoft MPI Redistributable
  5. Install the OpenFOAM 2.2.x source distribution on Linux - git commit: 8a983dba63b246772c69ed0fa9cc3b3e33a10f92, Date: Wed Jan 8 15:36:30 2014 +0000.
  6. Patch (using the Linux patch command) the OpenFOAM 2.2.x source distribution with our MinGW Windows modifications [last updated January 31, 2014 to v3]
  7. At various stages during this process you will need to set OpenFOAM MinGW-w64 environment variables and source etc/bashrc. As an example:
    export FOAM_INST_DIR="$(HOME)/projects/of/2.2"; source $(FOAM_INST_DIR)/OpenFOAM-2.2.x/etc/bashrc WM_OSTYPE=MSwindows WM_COMPILER=mingw-w64 WM_ARCH_OPTION=64 WM_PRECISION_OPTION=SP WM_CC=x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc WM_CXX=x86_64-w64-mingw32-g++ compilerInstall=system [optional] WM_MPLIB=MSMPI [optional] MPI_ARCH_PATH="$(HOME)/projects/msmpi/install"
  8. [optional] Install the ThirdParty-2.2.1 source and build scotch according to:
    1. ln -s ThirdParty-2.2.1 $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)
    2. ln -s $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch<version> $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch
    3. ln -s $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/extra/scotch/src/ $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch/src/
    4. cp $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/extra/scotch/src/libscotch/* $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch/src/libscotch/.
    5. cd $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch/src
    6. cp $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/extra/scotch/src/Makefile .
    7. make libscotch
    8. mkdir -p $(FOAM_LIBBIN)
    9. cd $(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)/scotch/src/libscotch
    10. cp libscotch.* $(FOAM_LIBBIN)
  9. To build OpenFOAM:
    1. source the OpenFOAM native linux environment variables
    2. cd $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/wmake/src; make
    3. ln -s $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/wmake/platforms/linux64Gcc $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/wmake/platforms/linux64mingw-w64
    4. source the OpenFOAM MinGW-w64 environment variables
    5. cd $(WM_PROJECT_DIR);./Allwmake
  10. Transfer the OpenFOAM etc directory ($(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/etc), executables ($(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/platforms/linux64mingw-w64*/bin/*.exe), and libraries ($(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/platforms/linux64mingw-w64*/lib/*.dll and $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/platforms/linux64mingw-w64*/lib/*/*.dll) to the Windows computer
  11. Transfer the MinGW-w64 libraries:
    • <mingw-w64>/bin/zlib1.dll
    • <mingw-w64>/bin/libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll
    • <mingw-w64>/bin/libstdc++-6.dll

    to the Windows computer

  12. On the Windows computer ensure the following environment variables are set:
    • The WM_PROJECT_DIR and USERNAME variables are set.
    • The PATH variable is set to include the OpenFOAM executable and library locations (including $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/lib/linux64mingw-w64*/dummy or [optional] $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/lib/linux64mingw-w64*/msmpi).
  13. Launch a Windows command prompt to run OpenFOAM solvers and utilities, such as simpleFoam.exe.

Windows HPC Server 2012

job submit example on Windows HPC Server 2012 for simpleFoam:

job submit /jobname:simpleFoam-jobName /name:simpleFoam-taskName /numprocessors:16 /stdout:\\CRAY01\<of-case>\stdout.txt /stderr:\\CRAY01\<of-case>\stderr.txt mpiexec -env WM_PROJECT_DIR \\CRAY01\$(WM_PROJECT_DIR) -env MPI_BUFFER_SIZE 20000000 -env USERNAME openfoam -env PATH \\CRAY01\$(WM_PROJECT_DIR)\platforms\linux64mingw-w64*\lib;\\CRAY01\$(WM_PROJECT_DIR)\platforms\linux64mingw-w64*\lib\msmpi \\CRAY01\$(WM_PROJECT_DIR)\platforms\linux64mingw-w64*\bin\simpleFoam -parallel -case \\CRAY01\<of-case>\pitzDaily

Note you need to share both the case (\\CRAY01\<of-case> - arbitrary name of your choosing) and application directories (\\CRAY01\$(WM_PROJECT_DIR)) so all nodes on the cluster can access them.


  • With this method of building OpenFOAM for Windows the job control scripts in $(WM_PROJECT_DIR)/bin (such as foamSolverSweeps) are unavailable.
  • The libccmio library is not built.
  • Supports bashrc only, i.e., no cshrc support.


  • OpenFOAM is a registered trademark of OpenCFD and is unaffiliated with Symscape
  • The OpenFOAM Windows patch provided here is licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL)


Good day, I don't know how to

Good day,

I don't know how to setup the system environment (like "$(WM_THIRD_PARTY_DIR)", $(WM_PROJECT_DIR), and the others) when I follow the procedure and do this same thing on my ubuntu 12.04 system. could you modify this procedure clearly ?

I finish the steps including the step 1, 2. And I guess that I also finish the step 4, 5 and 6.
But I am confused to do the step 7, 8, 9, ... , 13

See Step 7

Environment variable setting is covered in Step 7.

build errors


I did everything, but I still get the errors when compiling. It starts with this one:

make: *** No rule to make target 'meshes/primitiveMesh/primitivePatch/PrimitivePatch.H', needed by 'meshes/primitiveMesh/primitivePatch/walkPatch.dep'. Stop.

Do you know what may be wrong?

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