COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5a System Requirements

General Requirements

These requirements are common to all platforms:

  • A DVD drive for installation. If you need to install the software using CD-ROM media, please contact your local COMSOL representative.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or later to view and print the COMSOL documentation in PDF format.

The disk space needed varies with the size of the partition and the optional installation of online help files. The COMSOL installer informs you of hard-disk space requirements for a particular installation.


We recommend at least 1 GB of memory (RAM). The solutions of a few examples in the Model Library require substantially more memory and a 64-bit platform. For guidance in selecting the proper hardware, please check entry 866 in the Support Knowledge Base.

Floating Network Licenses

Floating network licenses are supported on heterogeneous networks of Windows, Linux, Sun, and Mac computers. Both the license manager and the COMSOL application can run on either Windows, Linux, Sun, or Mac, and a single computer can run both of them. TCP/IP on all platforms when using a license server.

COMSOL Multiphysics System Requirements for Microsoft Windows

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COMSOL Multiphysics System Requirements for Linux and Sun

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COMSOL Multiphysics System Requirements for Mac

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Parallel System Requirements

Platform chart for shared-memory parallelism and distributed-memory parallelism

Optional Software Interfaces

MATLAB interface

MATLAB interface chart

Bidirectional Interface to SolidWorks

The Bidirectional Interface to SolidWorks has been tested with SolidWorks 2006 SP5.1, SolidWorks 2007 SP5.0, and SolidWorks 2008 SP4.0. Preliminary tests show compatibility with SolidWorks 2009. It is available on all platforms supported both by these versions and COMSOL Multiphysics. Supported on the Windows XP x64 platform are connections between SolidWorks 64 bit and COMSOL Multiphysics 64 bit, as well as between SolidWorks 32 bit and COMSOL Multiphysics 32 bit.

Bidirectional Interface to Autodesk Inventor

The Bidirectional Interface to Autodesk Inventor requires Autodesk Inventor 2009. It is available on all platforms supported by Autodesk Inventor 2009.

File-based CAD Import

Platform chart for products in the CAD Import Module family

IPv6 Support

IPv6 is supported on all platforms except Itanium and Macintosh. IPv4 is supported on all platforms.