ANSYS is a general purpose finite element program for engineering analysis. It can solve a wide range of structural, electromagnetic and heat transfer problems, computing the values of displacements, forces, stresses, strains, temperatures and magnetic fields. Analysis types available are: static, eigenvalue buckling, mode frequency, harmonic response, linear/nonlinear transient dynamics, heat transfer, magnetics and substructures. Structural and heat transfer analysis may be in one, two or three dimensions.

ITS’s installation is an educational version, so there is a limit on the size of the problem which may be solved, based upon the wavefront of the stiffness matrix for the problem.


ANSYS is for use by all UVa faculty, staff, and students, on computers connected to the UVa network. Off-Grounds users must use the UVa Anywhere VPN client to connect to the UVa network. Students may also access this program in computers within the libraries.

ANSYS is for use by all UVa faculty, staff, and students, on computers connected to the UVa network.  Please see the UVaSoftware website for restrictions and licensing requirements.


Spring 2019: The current version of ANSYS for Windows and Linux is Version 19.0.


There are different types of licenses and usage for ANSYS license. Please consult this ANSYS document to determine which type of license to use when you open ANSYS.

For Windows computers, ANSYS registration and licensing information is available from the UVa Software Gateway. The ANSYS Windows USB drive for 32-bit or 64-bit machines may be borrowed from Research Data Services in Brown Science & Engineering Library Room I043. ANSYS is also available on Linux platforms, and in public labs.

Installation Instructions

  1. You will find the license manager servers at UVa for the ANSYS software install on the same page that you download the software from.
  2. In Windows, first be sure you are able to view file extensions. In Windows 10, you can ensure this capability by selecting Control Panel from the Windows menu, choosing Folder Options, then under View deselecting Hide file extensions.
  3. Unzip the folder and then unzip
  4. Next run setup.exe, which can be found in the ELECTRONICS_191_WINX64 folder. Again, make sure that you “Run as Administrator”.
  5. Follow the instructions using defaults and if unsure about a feature, choose to configure later.
  6. Next will come a screen with a selection of 1 or 3 license servers. Select 3 license servers.
  7. When the screen with three blank text-entry fields appears, use the port number and names of the servers as found on your order receipt.
  8. After completing the licensing, the initial splash screen returns. The installation is now complete and you may select Exit and then Finish.

Linux Installation

The three .iso files can be downloaded from UVa Software and mounted for install. Ansys installation on any version of Ubuntu is officially not supported by Ansys. Installation on Red Hat and SUSE Enterprise versions are supported by Ansys. Since ITS only supports Ubuntu 64-bit Linux installations, and we align our support with ITS support, we do not offer support for Ansys installation on Linux.


If you have questions regarding the availability or installation of ANSYS, please email us at

Users of the ITS Linux clusters should refer to the Rivanna’s Getting Started Guide for information about using ANSYS on the ITS Linux systems.

Up-to-date documentation may be viewed by invoking the online help facility, as described below.

Documentation: Online within the ANSYS program:

Additional help may be obtained from the ANSYS Homepage:

Another resource is hosted at This contains a collection of information, tips and tricks, and a useful links for ANSYS users, providing a very good starting point for beginners.