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 VPN client to connect to the UVa network. Students may also access this program with Remote Desktop.

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.


Fall 2021: The current version of ANSYS for Windows and Linux is Version 2021R2


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. ANSYS is also available on Linux platforms, and in public labs. ANSYS may also be found by students, only, on Remote Desktop .

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. The download consists of 3 .iso files. Select all three files and extract all.
  4. Mount the 1st .iso using Virtual Clone Drive.
  5. Next run setup.exe, which can be found if you scroll down the list of folders and files contained in .iso 1. Again, make sure that you “Run as Administrator”.
  6. Follow the instructions using defaults and if unsure about a feature, choose to configure later.
  7. Next will come a screen with a selection of 1 or 3 license servers. Select 3 license servers.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Researchers wishing to use Ansys on the Research Computing Linux Clusters should review their Rivanna resources page.

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:

Ansys provides learning resources for beginners at

Questions? Email


Last updated: 06/13/22