How to install and/or use another version of ParaView


There are two main reasons for wanting to use another version of ParaView:

  1. If ParaView crashes right after launching it, it is very likely that either the GPU/Graphics card in your machine doesn’t support OpenGL 2, or that the drivers currently installed for that GPU do not properly support OpenGL 2.

    • In this scenario, it’s best to install ParaView 4.4.0, which was the last pre-built version for Windows that provided OpenGL 1.x support.
  2. If the version of ParaView provided with blueCFD-Core is not the latest version.


There are at least 2 possible solutions:

  1. Replace the installation of ParaView in blueCFD-Core
  2. Use an existing installation of ParaView

Note: Both solutions require you to have installed ParaView through the blueCFD-Core installer, so that the environment is automatically loaded into the blueCFD-Core terminal and allow ParaView to be launched from the terminal’s command line.

Solution 1 - Replace the installation of ParaView in blueCFD-Core

  1. Start the blueCFD-Core terminal.

  2. Execute the following command in the terminal:

    cd ~/AddOns/
  3. Start Windows Explorer, because the next steps have to be done interactively, since administrative permission may be necessary:

    explorer .

    Notice that the command is: explorer space dot

  4. Windows Explorer should open up and show the contents of the AddOns folder.

  5. Now either rename or delete the contents of the folder ParaView. Don’t forget to create a new ParaView folder, so that it can be used with the ParaView installer.

  6. Now you can inside the ParaView folder and copy the full path from the address bar and use it during the installation of ParaView. Below is shown the address bar from Windows 10; make sure to click on the right side of the path so that it goes into editing mode that is shown below:

    Example of where to copy the path from

  7. Run the ParaView installer for the version you want to use and be certain that the correct path is used, as shown in the image below:

    Example of where to change the installation path

  8. Once ParaView is installed, it should be ready to be used from the blueCFD-Core terminal.

Solution 2 - Use an existing installation of ParaView

Note: The downside to using this solution is that the file extension .foam is not automatically register in Windows to open with this version of ParaView.

  1. Using as an example, if ParaView 4.4 is installed in the folder C:\Program Files\ParaView 4.4.0.

  2. Start the blueCFD-Core terminal.

  3. Execute the following command in the terminal:

    nano ~/.bashrc.d/
  4. It should have opened the file in a window of Notepad2.

  5. Go to line 42 and change this line:

    export AddOns_ParaView_DIR=$HOME/AddOns/ParaView

    To this line:

    export AddOns_ParaView_DIR="/c/Program Files/ParaView 4.4.0"
  6. Save the file (menu File --> Save) and close the Notepad2 window.

  7. Use the key combination Alt+F2 to start a new terminal. If there are no error messages, then the older terminal can now be closed.

  8. From now on, whenever the commands paraview or paraFoam are executed, ParaView 4.4 should always open.

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