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Installing ParaView and activating the CFSReader Plugin

In order to read openCFS native HDF5 data format (*.cfs files) with paraview you need our CFSReader plugin. The plugin has been recently included into paraview and needs to be activated before it can be used.


You can build ParaView from source or install an official nightly version of the ParaView release for your operation system.

Note: The nightly version can be found on the Version drop down box. Currently, the plugin is only available in the Master builds.

CFSReader Plugin

In order to read openCFS result files (*.cfs files) with paraview, one must activate CFSReader plugin.

Follow these steps:

  • Open ParaView and in the menu bar click Tools > Manage Plugins

  • Select CFSReader and click the Load Selected button (you can also activate the Auto Load check box to load the plugin on every paraview start)

  • Now .cfs files can be opened and visualized using ParaView