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This is a growing list of Graphical User Interfaces (definition at Wikipedia) designed for operating OpenFOAM.

A separate list of preprocessors and post-processors is available here: Other Software

1 Commercial

1.1 Multidisciplinary CFD

Sorted by name:

Software Company Operating Systems Availability Notes
Ansa Beta CAE Linux, Mac OS X and Windows Contact them for more information. -
Caedium Symscape Linux, Mac OS X and Windows Free 30 day trial and for students. Available in monthly to annual subscription. -
CAESES FRIENDSHIP-SYSTEMS Linux and Windows Free pro version for students and PhD students. Various trial versions available. Focuses on simulation-ready CAD modeling incl. STL pre-processing capabilities and CFD automation. Suited for users that are interested in design explorations and shape optimization. Typically, the investigated geometries in CAESES are complex free-form surfaces.
CastNet DHCAE Linux and Windows Free 30 day trial. Annual or perpetual subscriptions. Discount for academic use. Direct import of CAD files.
cfFLOW Creative Fields Linux and Windows Contact them for more information. -
DICE DICEhub Linux and Windows Python + QML See this post (#36) for more details.
FEATool Multiphysics Precise Simulation (MATLAB) Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows Visit homepage for free download and more information. MATLAB CFD and Multiphysics Toolbox with fully integrated OpenFOAM GUI Interface.
HELYX Engys Linux and Windows Contact them for more information. Has an open source variant named HELYX-OS.
iconCFD ICON unknown Contact them for more information. -
MantiumFlow MantiumCAE Linux and Windows
(OSX is reported to work as well but is not supported)
Free Demo, quarterly and annual licenses available.
  • OpenFOAM versions starting from 3.0.1 are supported. On Windows the blueCFD-Core version is preferred.
  • MantiumFlow works with templated cases, making working with it very simple.
  • Currently single phase incompressible fluid simulations are supported. Multi-phase will follow next.
simFlow Atizar Limited Linux and Windows Free for evaluation without any time limit. Fixed annual subscription, with discount for academic use. In addition to multiple solvers for fluid flow simulation, it includes solvers for: multiphase flows, heat transfer (including conjugate heat transfer), combustion, lagrangian particles and dynamic mesh.
Visual-CFD ESI Group Linux and Windows Free evaluation for 30 days. Fixed annual subscription, with discount for academic use
  • Imports CAD (e.g. CATIA, SolidWorks, UG, IGES, STEP), STL, OBJ and Nastran files
  • Extensive CAD Cleanup capability with wrapping technology and hole closing
  • Does exports 3D meshes from Visual-Mesh Module to run in Visual-CFD
  • Using snappyHexMesh to generate complex meshes, includes multi-domains, improved controls for close proximity parts and interactive mesh diagnostics
  • User defined BCs, Profile, Simulation Controls and Solvers, suited for expert OpenFOAM users, it can handle Customized OpenFOAM/Boundary Conditions
  • Temperature dependent (polynomial) Material properties supported
  • Automatic selection of Simulation Control Parameters based on quality of mesh and modeling physics, inbuilt intelligence to converge cases of Aerodynamics, Multiphase Flows, CHT, HVAC, Mesh Motions and many more
  • Parametric studies - Macro recording, based on Python scripting and personalized templates
  • Simulation best practices for industrial applications to help Engineers decisions, highly effective yet simple and easy-to-use tool
  • Easy mesh import from most popular commercial CFD tools
  • It supports OpenFOAM+ 1712, OpenFOAM+ 1812, OpenFOAM-v1906, also supports much awaited Windows version of the OpenFOAM-v1906
  • The Overset Mesh support available now.
  • It supports Discrete Phase Modeling, Scalar Transport modeling and Radiation
  • The VTK export supported in Visual-Viewer module
  • Access to wide range of monitoring and post-processing tools
  • Extreme flexibility to create customized automated process for any application
  • The future release is planned with Adjoint Solver and Solar Load model


1.2 Specific fields of applied CFD

Sorted by field:

Software Company Field Operating Systems Availability Notes
BIM HVACTool TIAN Building Engineering Building Simulation Software Windows Contact them for more information. -
blueCFD-AIR blueCAPE Building Simulation Software Windows Available for free. Paid support is available. Development roadmap can be oriented by the needs of their clients. Linux and Mac OS X versions are possible.
ODS Studio ODS Engineering Building Simulation Software Linux, Mac OS X and Windows Contact them for more information. -
Elements Engys Vehicle Design Applications Linux and Windows Contact them for more information. -


2 Open Source

Sorted by Name:

Software Company/Author Project page Operating Systems Coding Language Notes
BARAM NEXTFOAM product page Linux (Ubuntu/Debian) Python The page is in Korean, but the GUI is in English. The documentation provided with the downloaded package is in Korean. Seems to be in active development.
CfdOF Several developers Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workbench for FreeCAD @ Github Linux and Windows
(Might work on Mac OS X)
Python It's an add-on for FreeCAD. In active development.
Discretizer Björn Bergqvist Discretizer at SF.net Linux and Windows
(Might work on Mac OS X)
Ruby Not in active development.
enGrid enGits enGrid at Github Linux and Windows
(Also works on Mac OS X)
C++ Development in function of contributions.
HELYX-OS Engys HELYX-OS on GitHub Linux Java Periodic development. Releases every 3 to 9 months.
InsightCAE silentdynamics InsightCAE wiki on GitHub Linux C++ Part GUI, part code toolkit, designed for Workflow Automation.


3 Text based