ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application built on top of VTK. ParaView offers non-programmers much of the capability of VTK without requiring them to write programs. Through exploration and interaction users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. ParaView provides a comprehensive suite of visualization algorithms and supports many different file formats for both loading and exporting datasets.

Availability and Setup

ParaView will be available soon on the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC). For non compute-intensive tasks such as code editing and development, you can use For production visualization runs on large data sets, you should run your ParaView application in one of the interactive batch queues. See the SCV web pages for information on how to run interactive jobs on the SCC.

As ParaView is an application with a graphical user interface, you will need to set things up so that you can run ParaView as an X application on scc1 or another appropriate machine and have it display to your local machine/terminal.

To run ParaView on scc1, type:

scc1% paraview

This will launch the ParaView application.

Help from within ParaView:

To get help from within ParaView go to the menu Help and select Help. This will open a window, providing access to all of the manuals that come with ParaView. You can also visit the online version of the ParaView help pages.

Additional Help/Documentation

For more informations on ParaView, visit either the ParaView website or the ParaView Wiki. A ParaView FAQ is available online, along with an overview of the package. If you are just starting to learn ParaView, we recommend that you get the Paraview Guide which is available from Kitware.

As part of our 2008 Workshop on Scientific Visualization, a talk on ParaView and VTK was presented which you might find useful. The visualizations which were used during the workshop are available for download on the ParaView Examples web page.

And finally there are several excellent ParaView tutorials available externally:

  1. Sandia National Laboratories ParaView 3 Tutorials
  2. SC08 ParaView Tutorial
  3. IEEE Vis08 ParaView Tutorial

We also have a tutorial on Scientific Visualization using ParaView which we generally offer live three times a year but for which the slides are always available.