Source code

The source code is hosted at GitHub

In a git enabled shell do: git clone

Dependencies and Prerequisites

Windows Compiler

Visual Studio 2015 or later is supported.

GCC Compiler

GCC version 4.9 or later is supported. On RedHat Linux 6 you need to install devtoolset-3, and enable it with

source /opt/rh/devtoolset-3/enable


Qt Qt4 version 4.6.2 or later is supported. On Windows we recommend Qt-4.8.7, while the default installation will do under Linux.

You will need to patch the Qt sources in order to make them build using Visual Studio 2015 using this : Qt-patch

Qt5 (BETA)

Qt5 is now supported as beta functionality. To use Qt5, specify the cmake variable


and then specify location of Qt5



CMake version 2.8 or later is supported.

Build Instructions

The ResInsight build may be configured in different ways, with optional support for Octave plugins, ABAQUS ODB API, HDF5, and OpenMP. This is configured using options in CMake.

If you check the button ‘Grouped’ in the CMake GUI, the CMake variables are grouped by prefix. This makes it easier to see all of the options for ResInsight.

  • Open the CMake GUI
  • Set the path to the source code
  • Set the path to the build directory
  • Click Configure and select your preferred compiler
  • Set the build options and click “Configure” again (see ResInsight specific options below)
  • Click Generate to generate the makefiles or solution file and project files in the build directory
  • Run the compiler using the generated makefiles or solution file/project files to build ResInsight


ResInsight has been verified to build and run on Windows 7/8/10 using Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/2017. Typical usage on Windows is to follow the build instructions above, and then open the generated solution file in Visual Studio to build the application.


Typical usage is to follow the build instructions above to build the makefiles. Then go to the build directory, and run:

  • make
  • make install

To build from the command line without using the CMake GUI:

  • mkdir ResInsight_build
  • cd ResInsight_build
  • (set CMake options)
  • cmake < path to ResInsight source folder >
  • make
  • make install

You will find the ResInsight binary under the Install directory in your build directory.

CMake Options for ResInsight

CMake Name Default Description
RESINSIGHT_BUILD_DOCUMENTATION OFF Use Doxygen to create the HTML based API documentation. Doxygen must be properly installed.
RESINSIGHT_HDF5_DIR Blank Windows Only: Optional path to HDF5 libraries on Windows
RESINSIGHT_ODB_API_DIR Blank Optional path to the ABAQUS ODB API from Simulia. Needed for support of geomechanical models
RESINSIGHT_USE_OPENMP ON Enable OpenMP parallellization in the code

Advanced Options

CMake Name Default Description
RESINSIGHT_PRIVATE_INSTALL ON Linux only: Install the libecl shared libraries along the executable
RESINSIGHT_ENABLE_COTIRE OFF Experimental speedup of compilation using cotire
RESINSIGHT_HDF5_BUNDLE_LIBRARIES OFF Bundle HDF5 libraries with ResInsight

Optional Libraries and features


HDF5 is used to read SourSimRL result files. On Windows this is optional, while on Linux the installed HDF5 library will be used if present.

Use an advanced flag RESINSIGHT_HDF5_BUNDLE_LIBRARIES to enable bundling of HDF5 libraries.

Tested with 1.8.18 on windows, and default installation on RedHat 6.


Octave is now detected searching the file system, and will usually find Octave on Linux. If Octave is not detected, the following file path variable must be defined

OCTAVE_CONFIG_EXECUTABLE : d:\octave\Octave-4.0.0\bin\octave-config.exe

It is possible to build ResInsight without compiling the Octave plugins. This can be done by specifying blank for the Octave CMake options. The Octave plugin module will not be built, and CMake will show warnings like ‘Failed to find mkoctfile’. This will not break the build or compilation of ResInsight.

ResInsight has been verified to build and run with Octave versions 3.4.3, 3.8.1, and 4.0.0 on RedHat linux, and 4.0.0 on Windows.

Octave Dependencies for Debian Based Distributions
  • sudo apt-get install git cmake build-essential octave octave-headers qt4-dev-tools

If you are running Ubuntu 12.10 or newer, you will need to replace octave-headers with liboctave-dev :

  • sudo apt-get install git cmake build-essential octave liboctave-dev qt4-dev-tools

ODB support

ResInsight can be built with support for ABAQUS ODB files. This requires an installation of the ABAQUS ODB API from Simulia on the build computer. The path to the ABAQUS ODB API folder containing header files and library files must be specified. Leaving this option blank gives a build without ODB support. ResInsight has been built and tested with ABAQUS ODB API version 6.14-3 on Windows 7/8/10 and RedHat Linux 6.