System Requirements: Running COMSOL Applications
COMSOL applications can be run by connecting to COMSOL Server™ from a web browser or from the COMSOL Client for Windows®. The COMSOL Client for Windows® allows a user to run applications that require a LiveLink™ product for CAD. Running applications in a web browser does not require any installation or web browser plugins. Running an application in a web browser supports interactive graphics in 3D using WebGL™ technology. The system requirements for COMSOL Compiler™, and compiled applications, are identical to those for COMSOL Multiphysics®.
Recent versions of the most popular web browsers support the WebGL™ standard for 3D graphics and WebSockets. The table below lists the earliest version of each browser that supports WebGL™ and WebSockets, but we recommend always using the latest version of the browser for the best user experience.
|Operating System||Browser||Recommended Version|
|Windows®/Linux®/macOS||Chrome™||31 or later|
|Windows®||Internet Explorer®||11 or later|
|Windows®||Microsoft Edge®||21 or later|
|Windows®/Linux®/macOS||Firefox®||35 or later|
|macOS||Safari||7.1 or later|
|macOS||Safari||8.1 or later|
|Android™||Android™ Browser||37 or later|
|Android™||Chrome™||40 or later|
COMSOL Client for Windows®
Running COMSOL applications with the COMSOL Client for the Windows® operating system utilizes Microsoft® Windows® components. This gives simulation applications a look-and-feel similar to applications running in the COMSOL Desktop® environment. In addition, many of the LiveLink™ products for CAD software can be used with the COMSOL Client.
|Supported Operating System Version|
|64-Bit Operating Systems||
CAD Import Module and Design Module
|Windows®||Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, and Windows® 111,2|
|macOS||macOS 10.14, 10.15, 113, and 12 1,2,3|
|Linux®||OS-specific system requirements only 1,2|
1File import of the NX™ file format is available only on a supported Windows® or Linux® operating system.
2File import of the AutoCAD®, Inventor®, and SOLIDWORKS® file formats is available only on a supported Windows® operating system.
3File import of the ACIS, IGES, PTC Creo Parametric™, PTC Creo® Elements Pro, STEP, and PTC Pro/ENGINEER® file formats on macOS 11 and 12 with the M1 processors require Rosetta 2.
For a list of supported file formats for CAD file import and export, see the CAD Specification Chart.
LiveLink™ Products for CAD Software
The bidirectional interface functionality of the product suite detailed in the table below is available only for the Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10 operating systems when run together with the COMSOL Client. The bidirectional interface functionality of LiveLink™ for PTC Pro/ENGINEER® is available only for the Windows® 7 SP1 operating system when run together with the COMSOL Client. Synchronization in offline mode is available on all supported Windows®, Linux®, and macOS operating systems. For other included functionality, such as file import and geometric operations, see the CAD Import Module and Design Module table above.
|LiveLink™ for AutoCAD®||AutoCAD® 2021 and 2022|
|LiveLink™ for Inventor®||Inventor® 2021 and 2022; Inventor® Professional 2021 and 2022|
|LiveLink™ for PTC Creo Parametric™||PTC Creo Parametric™ 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0|
|LiveLink™ for PTC Pro/ENGINEER®||PTC Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire® 4.0 and 5.0, and PTC Creo® Elements Pro 5.0|
|LiveLink™ for Revit®||Revit® 2021 and 2022|
|LiveLink™ for Solid Edge®||Solid Edge® 2021 and 2022|
|LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS®||SOLIDWORKS® 2021 and 2022|
File Import for CATIA® V5
The File Import for CATIA® V5 add-on to the CAD Import Module, Design Module, and LiveLink™ products for CAD is only available for Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, and Windows® 11.
LiveLink™ for Excel®
LiveLink™ for Excel® is compatible with Excel® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and 2021 on the Windows® operating system. Excel® 2010 Starter is not supported.
LiveLink™ for MATLAB®
LiveLink™ for MATLAB® is compatible with MATLAB® R2021a and R2021b on all supported operating systems. For Linux® operating system, the xterm and csh programs are required. To interface with MATLAB® functions, the COMSOL application needs to be run in a web browser, while the MATLAB® and COMSOL Server™ programs need to be installed on the same physical computer.
Note: This information is provided for your benefit, but should not be used as a substitute for your own investigation of the system requirements that may be appropriate for your use of COMSOL® software or other software, given your particular circumstances. Systems and hardware change regularly, which may impact any determination of what system requirements are appropriate for you.
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