New to Paraview application

(Murdock McCormick, Jr.) #1

Good morning, I am new to ParaView. I am researching it with plans in mind to install a newer version of the sw on a RHEL 6.5 (I think) cluster environment. What version of ParaView will run on RHEL 6.5, v5.6 or should I grab a previous version? Thanks

(Mathieu Westphal (Kitware)) #2

Welcome to the ParaView community !

the release of ParaView is actually builded on a Centos 6, which is quite close.
v5.6 should work fine.

(Murdock McCormick, Jr.) #3

Awesome, thanks.

(Murdock McCormick, Jr.) #4

I was told I needed to build ParaView from scratch, currently the old version is causing issues, ver. 3.x. I plan to build it in a test environment first to work out any issues. Is it recommended to use the ParaView Superbuild option?


(Mathieu Westphal (Kitware)) #5

Unless you need specific options or plan on building custom C++ plugin or application, building is not required.

If you still need to build it, the superbuild is indeed the easiest way to go, especially if you require certains optional depends.

(Murdock McCormick, Jr.) #6

I was told building was required in my case. I’ll have to ask the guys that are requesting this install. My thinking is they recommend building it because of the package dependencies may not be on the existing system.

(Mathieu Westphal (Kitware)) #7

The release comes with all the dependencies built-in.

(Walter Alan Scott) #8

Welcome to the community!

I’m wondering if you mean you need to run the ParaView backend in parallel on a cluster (i.e., your first post). This would make sense if you are being told to build ParaView from source. Although I have never tried it, Kitware is now providing binaries that should work here. (I suspect this is what Mathieu is talking about). See the Linux downloads with osmesa in the name. Would that work? If you do need to build, use Superbuild. Version 5.6.0 is a good version to install. 5.5.2 is also being spectacular. Build directions are here: Although a bit rough around the edges, connection setup can be found here:

(Murdock McCormick, Jr.) #9

What we will have in the end will be Windows clients running a version of ParaView, 5.6, and the RHEL6.5 cluster running a version of ParaView, 5.6. So in that scenario, would we need to build the sw on the Linux cluster from scratch?

(Cory Quammen (Kitware)) #10

No, you should be able to use the precompiled binaries from for both the client on Windows and server on Linux.