Linux Installation

Install From Binary Packages on Linux

Please not that the distribution by the OPM Project will be updated some time after the release of a new version on GitHub.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7

Login as root and do:

yum-config-manager --add-repo
yum install resinsight
yum install resinsight-octave

Launch the application using the command ResInsight


On the command line do:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:opm/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install resinsight
sudo apt-get install octave-resinsight

Launch the application using the command ResInsight

For further installation details, see the ResInsight distribution on Opm Project Downloading and Installing.

The binary distributions does not support ABAQUS odb files. For building ResInsight with ABAQUS support, see Build Instructions.

Install From downloaded tarball

  1. Download TAR.GZ binary distribution from
  2. Extract content from TAR file
  3. Start ./ResInsight

Custom Qt configuration

If you are using a version of Qt that is not available in system path, you need to do the following to make runtime Qt paths available to ResInsight

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/path_to_qt
export QT_PLUGIN_PATH=/path_to_qt/plugins:$QT_PLUGIN_PATH

Display Menu Icons in GNOME (Optional)

By default, icons are not visible in menus in the GNOME desktop environment. ResInsight has icons for many menu items, and icons can be set visible by issuing the following commands (Tested on RHEL6) :

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons true
gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons true

This fix was taken from reply number 11 in this thread

Setup Octave Interface (optional)

  1. Install Octave directly from the package manager in Linux. See the documentation for your particular distribution.
  2. Launch ResInsight, open Edit->Preferences
  3. Enter the path to the Octave command line interpreter executable octave-cli (for older version of octave use octave)

The precompiled octave interface distributed in the tarball is only tested for RedHat 6.
It is not expected to work for other configurations. (ResInsight 1.3.2-dev and earlier, was also tested on RedHat 5)

If you need the octave interface to work on a different OS, you need to build ResInsight yourself.
See Build Instructions

Workaround for crash using Virtual Box

Uncheck Settings->Display->Enable 3D Acceleration. Disabling this option will cause OpenGL operations to be executed in software, so the the performance of graphics operations in ResInsight will be slower, but will not crash.

Here is a pointer addressing the issue with Virtual Box, this is not testes by us: