ParaView  v5.8.1
About: ParaView is a scientific data analysis and visualization application for large data sets.
  Fossies Dox: ParaView-v5.8.1.tar.xz  ("unofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

ParaView Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies ParaView-v5.8.1.tar.xz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).



ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application based on Visualization Toolkit (VTK).

The first public release was announced in October 2002. Since then, the project has grown through collaborative efforts between Kitware Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, and various other government and commercial institutions, and academic partners.

Learning Resources


There are two ways to build ParaView:

  • The easiest method for begginners to build ParaView from source is by using our Getting Started compilation guide which includes commands to install the needed dependencies for most operating systems.

  • Another way to build ParaView, quite useful when trying to enable more specific options which requires to build dependencies yourself (ie osmesa, raytracing), would be the ParaView Superbuild. The superbuild downloads and builds all of ParaView's dependencies as well as ParaView itself.

Reporting Bugs

If you have found a bug:

  1. If you have a source-code fix, please read the document.

  2. Otherwise, please join the ParaView Discourse forum and ask about the expected and observed behaviors to determine if it is really a bug.

  3. Finally, if the issue is not resolved by the above steps, open an entry in the ParaView Issue Tracker.


See for instructions to contribute.

For Github users

Github is a mirror of the official repository. We do not actively monitor issues or pull requests on Github. Please use the official repository to report issues or contribute fixes.


ParaView is distributed under the OSI-approved BSD 3-clause License. See Copyright.txt for details. For additional licenses, refer to ParaView Licenses.