List of finite element software packages

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This is a list of software packages that implement the finite element method for solving partial differential equations.

Software Features Developer Version Released License Price Platform
Agros2D Multiplatform open source application for the solution of physical problems based on the Hermes library University of West Bohemia 3.2 2014-03-03 GNU GPL Free Linux, Windows
CalculiX It is an Open Source FEA project. The solver uses a partially compatible ABAQUS file format. The pre/post-processor generates input data for many FEA and CFD applications Guido Dhondt, Klaus Wittig 2.8 2015-01-28 GNU GPL Free Linux, Windows
Code Aster is an Open Source software package for Civil and Structural Engineering finite element analysis and numeric simulation in structural mechanics which is written in Python and Fortran EDF 12.5 2015-12-14 GNU GPL Free Linux, FreeBSD
deal.II Comprehensive set of tools for finite element codes, scaling from laptops to clusters with 10,000+ cores. Written in C++. Wolfgang Bangerth, Timo Heister, Guido Kanschat, Matthias Maier et al. 8.3.0 2015-08-01 QPL up to release 7.2, LGPL after that Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
DUNE Distributed and Unified Numerics Environment, written in C++ Christoph Grüninger 2.4.1 2016-02-29 GPL Version 2 with Run-Time Exception Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
Elmer Open source multiphysical simulation software developed by Finnish Ministry of Education's CSC, written primarily in Fortran (written in Fortran90, C and C++) CSC 8.0 2015-05-05 GPL Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
FEATFLOW Subroutine system for the numerical solution of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in two and three space dimensions University of Heidelberg 1.1 1998 Non Commercial Free Fortran
FEATool Easy to Use Matlab and Octave Multiphysics FEM Solver and GUI Toolbox Precise Simulation 1.3 2015-09-16 Non Commercial Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
FEAP FEAPpv[1] is a free general purpose finite element analysis program which is designed for research and educational use that was derived from the FEAP[2] program. Robert L. Taylor 8.4 2015-09-19 Custom Free for FEAPpv/ 750 USD (Academic), 1500 USD (Commercial) Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
FEBio Finite Elements for Biomechanics University of Utah, MRL 2.5 2015-10-09 Custom Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
FEniCS Project Software package developed by American and European researchers with the goal to enable automated solution of differential equations FEniCS Team 1.6.0 2015-07-29 LGPL (Core) & GPL/LGPL (Non-Core)[3] Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
FreeFem++ Software written in C++ for rapid testing and finite element simulations. The problem is defined in terms of its variational formulation Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions 3.45 2016-03-11 GPL Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris
GetFEM++ A generic finite element library written in C++ with interfaces for Python, Matlab and Scilab. It focuses on modeling of contact mechanics and discontinuities (e.g. cracks). Yves Renard, Julien Pommier 5.0 2015-07 LGPL Free Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
Hermes Project Modular C/C++ library for rapid development of space- and space-time adaptive hp-FEM solvers hp-FEM group 3.0 2014-03-01 LGPL Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
OOFEM Object Oriented Finite EleMent solver, written in C++ Bořek Patzák 2.4 2016-02-15 GPL Version 2 Free Unix, Windows
OpenFOAM Originally for CFD only, but now includes finite element analysis through tetrahedral decomposition of arbitrary grids OpenCFD Ltd 3.0.1 2015-12-15 GPL Free Unix, Linux
OpenSees Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Non Commercial Free Unix, Linux, Windows
Z88/Z88Aurora Freeware finite element package; The present version Z88Aurora V3 offers, in addition to static strength analysis modules such as non-linear strength calculations (large displacements), simulations with non-linear materials, natural frequency and static thermal analysis. Frank Rieg Z88 V14, Z88Aurora V3 2015-03 Custom Free Linux, Windows, Mac OS X
Abaqus Advanced Franco-USA software from SIMULIA, owned by Dassault Systemes Abaqus Inc. 6.14-AP 2014-11 Proprietary commercial software Linux, Windows
ADINA Finite element software for structural, fluid, heat transfer, electromagnetic, and multiphysics problems, including fluid-structure interaction and thermo-mechanical coupling Developer Proprietary commercial software
Advance Design BIM software for FEM structural analysis, including international design eurocodes GRAITEC 2014 2013-09 Proprietary commercial software
Autodesk Simulation Finite Element software of Autodesk Autodesk Proprietary commercial software Windows
Altair A full CAE program suite (including pre/post-processor, Solvers, Optimization solver, parameter study solver) Altair Engineering 14.0 2016-03-08 Proprietary commercial software Windows
ANSYS US-based and -developed full CAE software package Ansys Inc. 17.0 2016-01 Proprietary commercial software Free student version available, up to 32,000 nodes/elements[4] Windows, Linux
COMSOL Multiphysics COMSOL Multiphysics Finite Element Analysis Software formerly FEMLAB COMSOL Inc 5.2 2015-11-16 Proprietary EULA Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
CosmosWorks Part of SolidWorks Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. Proprietary commercial software Windows
CST Studio Suite Computer Simulation Technology 2016 2016 Proprietary commercial software Linux, Windows
LS-DYNA LSTC - Livermore Software Technology Corporation R8.0 2015-03 Proprietary commercial software Linux, Windows
Nastran Originally developed for NASA, now available commercially from several software companies MSC NASTRAN 2014 2014 Proprietary EULA Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
RFEM 3D finite element analysis software Dlubal Software 5.06 2016-02 Proprietary commercial software Free student license available[5] Windows
SimScale German 100% web-based CAE platform SimScale GmbH 14 2013-07 SaaS Free community version available[6] Web browser
VisualFEA Finite element software for structural, geotechnical, heat transfer and seepage analysis Intuition Software 5.11 2016-01 Proprietary software Free educational version available[7] Mac OS X, Windows


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