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 2.11 2016-07-31 GNU GPL Free Linux, Windows
Code_Saturne is an Open Source CFD software package EDF 4.0.7 2017-01-20 GNU GPL Free Linux, FreeBSD
DIANA FEA General purpose finite element package utilised by civil, structural and geotechnical engineers. DIANA FEA BV, The Netherlands 10.1 2016-11-14 Commercial Paid Windows, Linux
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. 8.4.1 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++ DUNE Developer team 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 8.2 2016-03-15 GPL Free Linux, 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)[1] Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
FeatFlow High-performance computational fluid dynamics CFD FEM solver FEAST Team 1.3 Open Source Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
FEATool Multiphysics Matlab and GNU Octave FEM PDE simulation toolbox Precise Simulation 1.6 2017-03-17 Proprietary EULA Free for personal use, up to 2,000 nodes/6,000 unknowns[2] Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix
Femap Finite element pre- and post-processor Siemens PLM Software 11.4.0 2016-09-16 Proprietary commercial software 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
JuliaFEM The JuliaFEM software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large Finite Element Models across clusters of computers using simple programming models. JuliaFEM is written using Julia programming language. JuliaFEM contributors 0.3.3 2015-05 MIT Free Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows
Mathematica[3] General purpose computation software. Wolfram Research 11.2.0 (September 14, 2017; 7 days ago (2017-09-14)) [±][4] Regularly Proprietary Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Raspbian, Online service.
OOFEM Object Oriented Finite EleMent solver, written in C++ Bořek Patzák 2.4 2016-02-15 GPL Version 2 Free Unix, Windows
OpenFOAM Primarily a finite volume code for CFD, but includes a small amount of finite element analysis through tetrahedral decomposition of arbitrary grids OpenFOAM Foundation 4.1 2016-10-13 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
CONSELF CAE simulation from your browser CONSELF SRL 2.9 2015-10 SaaS Freemium Web browser
FreeCAD FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler with add-on FEM module 0.16.670 2016-07 LGPL Linux, Windows, Mac OS X
HyperMesh Altair Proprietary commercial software Linux, Mac OS X, 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
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[5] Windows, Linux
COMSOL Multiphysics COMSOL Multiphysics Finite Element Analysis Software formerly FEMLAB COMSOL Inc. 5.3 2017-04-25 Proprietary EULA Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Web browser
CosmosWorks Part of SolidWorks Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. Proprietary commercial software Windows
FIDESYS FIDESYS Finite Element Analysis Software Fidesys llc. 1.7.0 2017-07-25 Proprietary commercial software Free academic version available Linux, Windows, Web browser
Quickfield Tor Cooperative 6.1 2015-12-22 Proprietary EULA Windows
LS-DYNA Best known for explicit dynamics / crash analysis 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, Siemens PLM NX Nastran[6] 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[7] Windows
SimScale German 100% web-based CAE platform SimScale GmbH 14 2013-07 SaaS Free community version available[8] 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[9] Mac OS X, Windows
JCMsuite Finite element software for the analysis of electromagnetic waves, elasticity and heat conduction JCMwave GmbH 3.6.1 2017-01-27 Proprietary EULA Linux, Windows
CAEplex A really easy web-interface for FEA Seamplex N/A 2017-02 SaaS for GNU GPL Back-end Free plan available[10] Web browser
QuickerSim CFD Toolbox Finite element software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Matlab. QuickerSim Ltd. 2.0 2017-07-20 Proprietary commercial software Free version for 2D steady flows available[11] Linux, Mac OS X, Windows


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  2. ^ "FEATool Multiphysics - Product Information". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  3. ^ Mathematica Documentation
  4. ^ "Mathematica Quick Revision History". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Student Products - Free Simulation Software". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  6. ^ "NX Nastran: Siemens PLM Software". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Free Student License | Dlubal Software". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Plans & Pricing - SimScale Simulation Platform". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Browsing VisualFEA (Finite Element Analysis) by Title". 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  10. ^ "CAEplex Plans & Pricing". Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  11. ^ "QuickerSim".