OpenFOAM® History

OpenFOAM®  History

OpenCFD published OpenFOAM version 1.0 in December 2004. Since that time the team, and more recently its Community Partners, have continued to add new functionality and regularly release OpenFOAM — free and open source.

Releases were originally issued by OpenCFD, up to version 2.0.1. A new entity, OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. was created in 2011 following the acquisition of OpenCFD by Silicon Graphics International (SGI) with a board comprising both OpenCFD and SGI members, where OpenCFD continued to prepare all OpenFOAM versions to version 2.3.1. In 2012 OpenCFD became a part of the group held by the company ESI Group, and ESI Group members replaced SGI members on the board of OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. From 2016 OpenCFD has released OpenFOAM directly once again, commencing with the release of OpenFOAM v3.0+. Details of the different versions and mention of the transfers of code is presented below.

Release History (2004-2020)

  • 30/06/2019 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v2006 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 23/12/2019 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1912 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 27/06/2019 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1906 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 20/12/2018 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1812 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 29/06/2018 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1806 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 31/12/2017 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1712 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 30/06/2017 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1706 for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 23/12/2016 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1612+ for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 30/06/2016 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v1606+ for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 13/01/2016 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM v3.0+ for Linux, Mac and Windows
  • 15/12/2015 - OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. releases OpenFOAM 3.0.1
  • 20/11/2015 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM for Windows 3.0.0
  • 03/11/2015 - OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. releases OpenFOAM 3.0.0
  • 14/10/2015 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM for Windows 2.4.0
  • 09/2015 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its development repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd.
  • 22/09/2015 - OpenCFD publishes its development line as the OpenFOAM-history repository
  • 05/2015 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its bug-fix patches for 2.3.x to OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd.
  • 22/05/2015 - OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. releases OpenFOAM 2.4.0
  • 04/2015 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of new twoPhaseEulerFoam mass transfer and reactions functionality to OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd.
  • 03/2015 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its development repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd.
  • 10/12/2014 - OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. releases OpenFOAM 2.3.1
  • 11/2014 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its bug-fix repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. leading to the 2.3.1 release
  • 25/04/2014
    - OpenFOAM Foundation Ltd. incorporated in the UK, with ESI Group board representation
  • 17/02/2014 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.3.0; OpenFOAM 2.3.0 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 01/2014 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its development repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. leading to the 2.3.0 release
  • 14/10/2013 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.2.2; OpenFOAM 2.2.2 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 10/2013 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its bug-fix repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. leading to the 2.2.2 release
  • 11/07/2013 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.2.1; OpenFOAM 2.2.1 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 06/2013 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its bug-fix repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. leading to the 2.2.1 release
  • 06/03/2013 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.2.0; OpenFOAM 2.2.0 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 02/2013 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its development repository to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. leading to the 2.2.0 release
  • 12/09/2012
    - OpenCFD acquired by Engineering Systems International (ESI) Group
    - ESI Group representatives replace SGI as board members of the OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 09/08/2012 - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its development and bug-fix repositories to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 31/05/2012 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.1.1; OpenFOAM 2.1.1 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 19/12/2011 - OpenCFD prepares OpenFOAM 2.1.0; OpenFOAM 2.1.0 released by OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
  • 08/2011
    - OpenCFD and SGI create the OpenFOAM Foundation Inc. based in the USA
    - OpenCFD transfers copyright of its OpenFOAM software to OpenFOAM Foundation Inc.
    - OpenCFD acquired by Silicon Graphics International (SGI)
  • 04/08/2011 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 2.0.1
  • 16/06/2011 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 2.0.0
  • 26/08/2010 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.7.1
  • 25/06/2010 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.7.0
  • 28/07/2009 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.6
  • 14/07/2008 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.5
  • 16/05/2008 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.5beta
  • 03/08/2007 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.4.1
  • 11/04/2007 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.4
  • 12/01/2007 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.4alpha
  • 29/03/2006 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.3
  • 01/02/2006 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 13alpha
  • 22/08/2005 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.2
  • 11/03/2005 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.1
  • 12/01/2005 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.0.2
  • 10/12/2004 - OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.0