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1. blueCFD Core (OpenFOAM) Installation

Bruno Santos edited this page Feb 13, 2019 · 2 revisions

In order to use butterfly, you need to install blueCFD-Core, which is an build of OpenFOAM that runs natively in Windows. The current release of Butterfly works with blueCFD-Core 2017-2 which can be downloaded from this page. Once you download the file, follow the installation instructions in this video or the step-by step instructions below.

Click to watch the video


To run blueCFD-Core, you must:

  • Be running Windows 10 or Windows 7
  • Be running the 64-bit version of the operating system
  • Have administrator privileges

Installation Procedure

  1. Run the blueCFD-Core executable, which is download-able from this page. It is ok to use default installation options for everything, though you may want to customize some of them. The video above explains what many of these options are. Please note that the installation process can take several minutes.

  2. When the installation is complete, you will see the following shortcuts on your desktop:


Click on the one labeled blueCFD-Core 2017 (Start Menu). You will see the following shortcuts appear:


  1. Right-click on the blueCFD-Core terminal shortcut and select "Run as administrator." A terminal will pop up and a series of commands will run.

  2. Once the the command reads "Environment is ready", it is safe to close out of the terminal and you have now successfully in stalled blueCFD-Core!

Note: There is no need to follow any of these steps when running butterfly from Rhino. These steps only must be run once to set up blueCFD-Core and you should not have to run them again.

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