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Installing DuMux


DuMux builds and runs on Linux and Mac operating systems.

Installation on Windows is possible but it is definitely not something to try if you are a beginner. If you use Windows, we recommend the Ubuntu bash on Windows.. Alternatively, you can try to employ MinGW, Cygwin or a Linux Virtual Machine.

In order to build DuMux you need at least the following software:

  • C++17 compiler (GCC 9.3 or newer, Clang 10 or newer)
  • CMake (CMake 3.13 or newer)
  • pkg-config

Detailed information on supported compiler and CMake versions can be found in the DuMux handbook. The following software is recommended but optional:

  • MPI (either OpenMPI, lam, or mpich)
  • ParaView (to visualize the results)
  • a browser (to access the GitLab instance and README files)
  • python3 with numpy (to execute a number of different scripts used for installation, testing, post-processing, etc.)

1. Installation via script

We provide you with a Python script that facilitates setting up a Dune/DuMux directory tree and configures all modules using CMake. Download and place it in a directory where you want to install Dune/DuMux . The script will create a folder “DUMUX” in which all dependencies will be downloaded and built. Note that this installation method requires Python 3.X, wget (for automatically downloading dependencies) and git (for cloning the code repositories) to be installed on your system.

Run the script by typing:


Follow the instructions printed after the script has completed successfully to verify everything works as expected.

For more detailed explanation on installation and building of DuMux , please have a look below or at the handbook of the latest release.

2. Manual installation from source

DuMux depends on Dune. You can obtain the required Dune modules in form of binary packages for Debian, Ubuntu and openSUSE, see the Dune binary packages. The Dune releases can also be obtained as tarballs. Alternatively, you can use Git and download the modules (recommended and described here). To clone the Dune core modules (minimum requirement), you can run:

for module in common geometry grid localfunctions istl; do
  git clone -b releases/2.8$module.git

Our Git repository (just like Dune’s) offers anonymous read access. To clone the 3.6 release version, you can type:

git clone -b releases/3.6

You can clone the master branch (developer version) by typing:

git clone

Alternatively, it is also possible to download release tarballs from Zenodo or from GitLab.

After obtaining all modules (at least the Dune core modules dune-common,dune-geometry,dune-grid,dune-istl,dune-localfunctions and dumux), DuMux is built together with other Dune modules. Assuming that the Dune core modules and DuMux are folders in the same directory

installation folder
|- dune-common
|- dune-geometry
|- dune-grid
|- dune-istl
|- dune-localfunctions
|- dumux

you can configure and build the module stack with the dunecontrol helper script:

./dune-common/bin/dunecontrol --opts=dumux/cmake.opts all

This will create a separate build folder called build-cmake individually in each module. In case you want to build the module stack in a separate build folder use

./dune-common/bin/dunecontrol --opts=dumux/cmake.opts --builddir=$(pwd)/build all

More details on the Dune build system can be found in the Dune installation notes. Dune and DuMux rely heavily on compiler optimization. The speed difference between running a compiler-optimized versus a non-optimized DuMux executable can easily exceed a factor of 10.
The default cmake.opts in dumux/cmake.opts already enable compiler optimisations. To use debug options use -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug instead of -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release in the cmake.opts, or add set(CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE Debug) to any CMakeLists.txt containing a test that you want to compile non-optimised and with debug symbols enabled.

3. Install external dependencies via script

There are various external libraries and modules that provide additional functionality but are not generally required to run DuMux . A list of external libraries and modules can be found in the DuMux handbook. DuMux contains the script which allows you to install extension from your DuMux installation directory.

If you run the script with the option --help

python3 dumux/bin/ --help

it will show a list of installable packages. Dune modules can be installed by adding the name of the package. For example, running the script by typing:

python3 dumux/bin/ alugrid

downloads the ALUGrid module dune-alugrid in a separate folder in your installation directory. After the download you can run following command to clean the CMake cache:

./dune-common/bin/dunecontrol bexec rm -r CMakeFiles CMakeCache.txt

Afterwards you can reconfigure and build DuMux with the dunecontrol script:

./dune-common/bin/dunecontrol --opts=./dumux/cmake.opts all

If you install an external library which is not a Dune module, the script will install the library in the directory external. If you install external libraries in an non-standard location you must usually either set the root path of the package (e.g. CGAL_ROOT=<path/to/folder>) or add the path to the CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH variable. These variables can be added in the option file cmake.opts before running dunecontrol. Compiler definitions are passed to CMake with the -D prefix, e.g. -DCGAL_ROOT=<path/to/folder>, so variables passed via cmake.opts need -D at the beginning. After you have installed an external library you should also clean the CMake cache and reconfigure and build DuMux as mentioned above.

Compatible versions of Dune and DuMux

Only the following Dune and DuMux versions are compatible:

DuMux version Dune version
3.5, 3.6, 3.7-git 2.8, 2.9-git**
3.3, 3.4 2.7, 2.8
3.1, 3.2 2.6*, 2.7
3.0 2.6*, 2.7
2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12 2.4, 2.5, 2.6*
2.6, 2.7, 2.8 2.3, 2.4
2.5 2.2, 2.3

* Please use the most recent corresponding Git branches releases/2.6 instead of the 2.6.0 tarballs.

** Compatibility with Dune 2.9-git is tested automatically only for DuMux 3.7-git.