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FEniCS versions and release notes

FEniCS can be installed from binary files or compiled from source code. Different installation methods are described on this page. Visit the troubleshooting page if you have problems installing FEniCS.

The latest stable release of FEniCS is version 1.5.0, which was on released 2015-01-12. For more information about FEniCS releases and changes, take a look at Release notes for FEniCS. For information on accessing the development repositories, see Contributing.

Binary packages

This is the main FEniCS download, suitable for most users. It includes everything needed to get you started with FEniCS.

Download for Debian Download for Ubuntu Download for OS X Download for Windows

For information on user contributed binary packages, see Contributed packages.

Installation from conda packages

Whether you are already using the Anaconda Python distribution from Continuum Analytics or just their conda package manager in Linux you can already install FEniCS precompiled binaries. They are not part of the official Anaconda installation but they can be downloaded from a binstar channel:

conda create --name fenics27 python=2.7
source activate fenics27
conda install fenics --channel juanlu001

For troubleshooting and alternative options for older systems, see Binary installation using conda.


These packages are provided by Juan Luis Cano and their sources can be found at https://github.com/juanlu001/fenics-recipes.

Virtual machine images

A virtual machine image that includes the most recent FEniCS release is available at http://fenicsproject.org/pub/virtual/fenics-latest.ova. The image can be run using a virtual machine manager, such as VirtualBox. The username and password for the virtual machine are both fenics.

The virtual machine image is recommended for systems for which a binary installer is not available. The image is particularly suitable when a consistent FEniCS environment across systems is required, such as courses using FEniCS.

The image requires a 64-bit host operating system.

Installation from source (fenics-install.sh)

You may also choose to install FEniCS directly from source. This may be done by running the following command:

curl -s http://fenicsproject.org/fenics-install.sh | bash

Running this command will build a local installation of FEniCS, including essential dependencies such as PETSc. The installation relies on HashDist. Before running the script, you may wish to download and expect its contents.


  • A standard Unix environment (Linux or OSX)
  • The Git version control system, available as the package git in most Linux and Mac package managers
  • OSX users will need to install Xcode from the Mac App Store

Nightly snapshots for Ubuntu and OSX

Every night, FEniCS snapshot releases are automatically generated for Ubuntu and Mac OS X. They are made available at our snapshots page.

Data and meshes

A collection of meshes for free use with FEniCS is available here.