Last Verified : 2020-12-11


ParaView is an open-source, multiplatform data analysis and visualization application found at ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView's batch processing capabilities.

ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of terascale as well as on laptops/desktops for smaller data.


Machines and Versions

See LC visualization software page.


Links to the latest version exist in /usr/tce/bin

Multiple versions may be accessible via modules. Type module avail paraview to see the available options. You can specify a particular version in the module command, e.g. module load paraview/5.8.0

The actual installation directories are in /usr/tce/packages/paraview


The module load paraview command will setup your PATH and any other needed environment variables.

X forwarding is not supported by the latest versions of ParaView! X forwarding cannot support newer versions of OpenGL and several required OpenGL extensions. Therefore, the ParaView client GUI should not be run remotely.

Instead, ParaView should be run in client-server mode, which connects a local workstation's ParaView installation to an instance of ParaView running on an LC host. This allows access to the data and processing power that is available on the LC systems. It also runs far more efficiently than over X forwarding, and provides a more responsive interface. Please see the additional setup instructions for Running ParaView in Client-Server Mode.

OpenGL Support

OpenGL support over X forwarding is limited. If running the ParaView client directly on the clusters isn't working properly, please try Running ParaView in Client-Server Mode, or use a remote desktop viewer like NICE DCV.

If for some reason you absolutely must run the ParaView client remotely, please run module load paraview/5.4 to use an older version without the same OpenGL requirements.

Connecting from Windows

Unfortunately, even the older ParaView client is not compatible with X-Win32 on Windows. When connecting from a Windows system, ParaView must be installed locally and run in client-server mode (see Running ParaView in Client-Server Mode).


ParaView is not compatible with X11 forwarding. To use ParaView on an LC system, ParaView should be installed locally and run in client-server mode (see Running ParaView in Client-Server Mode).


Several links to ParaView documentation, guides, tutorials, and other resources are provided in the "Help" menu within the ParaView application. They are also available directly from the ParaView Resources web page.

Sandia National Laboratory has provided an excellent and wide-ranging set of tutorials on the ParaView Wiki.

Further LLNL specific help is available from the LC Hotline:, (925) 422-4531


You can install ParaView on your local workstation; there is no license restriction. Downloads for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh, as well as for building from source code are all available on the ParaView Download web page.