ParaView Installation Readme

The installation files for ParaView on the DAAC website are pre-configured with "ParaView Connection Definition" files and custom scripts that support HPC job launching. Special admin privileges are not required. Linux, Mac, and Windows Instructions follow.

Linux Instructions

ParaView can be installed in any directory on your local workstation. Once extracted, a sub-directory will be created that matches the ParaView software version number. Extract the file into the desired ParaView directory:

% tar xvof ParaView-#.#.#*.tgz
Environment Variables

Add the ParaView executable to your $PATH.

For C Shell, add the following line to the .cshrc file:

setenv PATH /path/to/Paraview/#.#.#/bin:$PATH

For Bash Shell, add the following line to the .bashrc file :

export PATH="/path/to/Paraview/#.#.#/bin:$PATH"

(The text #.#.# above should be replaced to match the version directory, such as 4.1.0 or 4.4.0.)

Launching ParaView

The command to start ParaView is:

% paraview

Mac Instructions

ParaView can be installed in any directory on your local workstation. Once extracted, a sub-directory will be created that matches the ParaView software version number. Extract the file into the desired ParaView directory:

% tar xvof ParaView-#.#.#*.tgz
Environment Variables

Add the ParaView executable to your $PATH.

For C Shell, add the following line to the .cshrc file:

setenv PATH /path/to/Paraview/ParaView-#.#.#.app/Contents/MacOS:$PATH

For Bash Shell, add the following line to the .bashrc file :

export PATH="/path/to/Paraview/ParaView-#.#.#.app/Contents/MacOS:$PATH"

(The text #.#.# above should be replaced to match the version directory, such as 4.1.0 or 4.4.0.)

Launching ParaView

The command to start ParaView is:

% paraview

Windows Instructions

ParaView can be installed in any directory on your local workstation. Once extracted, a sub-directory will be created that matches the ParaView software version number. Extract the file into the desired installation directory.

Launching ParaView

From the ParaView\#.#.#_##\bin folder, double-click on the ParaView application icon.

You can create a shortcut of that file and move it to the Desktop for convenience.


Once launched, click the Connect icon in the Main Control Bar and choose from the list of HPC systems to connect. Fill in the appropriate information (username, Project ID, local Kerberos ssh, etc) and click the OK button. A ParaView job will be submitted to the queue. When the job starts running, a connection will be established to the remote system. The parameters used for that connection will then be saved for your next session to that server.

Additional information on ParaView HPC job launching can be found at:

https://daac.hpc.mil/movies/ParaViewConnectionDefinition/