ANSYS 17.2 Executable Paths on Linux

ansys-linux-penguin-1When running on a machine with a Linux operating system, it is not uncommon for users to want to run from the command line or with a shell script. To do this you need to know where the actual executable files are located. Based on a request from a customer, we have tried to coalesce the major ANSYS product executables that can be run via command line on Linux into a single list:

ANSYS Workbench (Includes ANSYS Mechanical, Fluent, CFX, Polyflow, Icepak, Autodyn, Composite PrepPost, DesignXplorer, DesignModeler, etc.):


ANSYS Mechanical APDL, a.k.a. ANSYS ‘classic’:

/ansys_inc/v172/ansys/bin/launcher172 (brings up the MAPDL launcher menu)
/ansys_inc/v172/ansys/bin/mapdl (launches ANSYS MAPDL)

CFX Standalone:


Autodyn Standalone:


Note: A required argument for Autodyn is –I {ident-name}

Fluent Standalone (Fluent Launcher):


Icepak Standalone:


Polyflow Standalone:

/ansys_inc/v172/polyflow/bin/polyflow/polyflow < my.dat







ANSYS Electronics Desktop (for Ansoft tools, e.g. Maxwell, HFSS)




Video Tips: Drop Impact using ANSYS AUTODYN

This is a quick video showing an example of doing an impact study using a steel slug and a reinforced concrete block.