How to Install Abaqus

Article by Bilal Abdul Halim on Apr 01, 2024

Abaqus is a powerful software package used for simulation and analysis of engineering problems. In this tutorial, we will provide step-by-step instructions for how to install Abaqus 2024 Golden (GA) with Tosca, fe-safe, and Isight on a Windows or Linux machine. 

If you encounter any problems following these steps, do not hesitate to put in a support ticket on the GoEngineer customer portal or email our support team at

Download the software  

The first step is to download the software, which can be obtained from Dassault Systèmes. Look for the SIMULIA Abaqus Extended Products (Abaqus, Isight, Tosca & fe-safe and Documentation) - Abaqus 2024 Golden - AllOS section and download all five bundles listed. 

Note: Each bundle is around 3.5 GB in size, so make sure you have enough disk space. 

Download Abaqus Software

How to Download Abaqus Software

Extract the archives 

Once the files are downloaded, extract the archives by putting all five bundles in the same folder.

For Windows, I recommend installing 7-Zip. You can install it from or by running the following command in the command prompt: winget install --id=7zip.7zip -e 

Select all tar files, then right-click and select 7-Zip > Extract Here.  

On Linux, run the command  

for i in *.tar; do tar xf $i; done 

On both Windows and Linux, you should end up with a single large directory tree headed by the folder AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS. For more information on this, please refer to the documentation at Extracting the Assembly Media

Install the Software

On Windows, navigate to folder AM_SIM_Abaqus_Extend.AllOS\1 and execute setup.exe. Make sure to run setup.exe as Administrator by right-clicking and selecting Run as Administrator.  

On Linux, run to invoke the GUI-based interactive installer. See Launching a DS Media in GUI or TUI Mode if you face any difficulty.

SIMULIA 2024 Installation Program Welcome Dialog

Several pieces need to be installed. Make sure to request all necessary pieces from the installer. Refer to Assembly Media Content and Organization if needed. At a minimum, you must install SIMULIA_EstablishedProducts and SIMULIA_EstablishedProducts_CAA_API. A separate installation of Isight is present at the end of this article.

SIMULIA Established Products Media Selection

SIMULIA Selected Components Abaqus Download

Install Abaqus Tutorial

Abaqus solvers (Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit), as well as the Abaqus preprocessor (Abaqus/CAE), are necessary to install. I recommend installing the rest of the SIMULIA Established Products. You can always come back and install more services later.  

Abaqus Standard Solver Installation

How to Install Abaqus 2024

It is recommended to use Managed DSLS. Unlike FlexNet or DSLS, Managed DSLS does not need separate licensing software to be installed on this or any other machine. 

Managed DSLS is a free service offered by Dassault Systèmes. To get Managed DSLS set up, refer to this article: How to Configure Managed DSLS 

If you plan on using the FlexNet license server, follow these instructions: Installing the FLEXnet Server

Depending on your licensing, choose the appropriate selection. In this example, I had configured licensing with Managed DSLS, so I will choose Skip licensing configuration

Abaqus License Server Configuration

The Commands directory is where the SIMULIA Established Products store their binaries. This directory is automatically added to your PATH when installing, making it possible to run commands like “abaqus job=jobname” in the command line.

Abaqus Commands Directory Path

This is the directory where you can store external plugins globally. See Where are plug-in files stored for more details.

SIMULIA CAE External Plugins Directory Path

Specify the working directory. This can always be changed depending on the directory you are working out of. This is set to C:\temp by default, but some computers don’t have that directory, so make sure to verify that C:\temp exists before proceeding. See Setting the work directory for more details.

SIMULIA Abaqus 2024 Working Directory

SIMULIA Select Tosca Solver Interfaces Dialog

Install SIMULIA Established Products 2024

SIMULIA Installation Program Information Dialog

SIMULIA CAE Installation Verification Results Abaqus 2024 Download

Finish Installing SIMULIA Established Products  2024

SIMULIA Code Installation Directory

SIMULIA Select the CAA API Components

Abaqus 2024 Golden Installation Program

You should now have Abaqus 2024 Golden, the initial public release of Abaqus 2024, installed on your system.

Steps to Install Abaqus 2024

Isight Installation Directory

Choose Isight Desktop as the component to install. The SIMULIA Execution Engine is used to parallelize and distribute simulations across multiple computers in an enterprise setting.

SIMULIA Isight Desktop

Licensing has already been taken care of, so this step can be skipped.

SIMULIA Isight License Server Configuration

SIMULIA Execution Engine Clients Need a Connection Profile

SIMULIA Choose Documentation Configuration Option

Install SIMULIA Isight

Install Abaqus Tosca Fe-safe and Isight

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Abaqus, Tosca, fe-safe, and Isight on your machine, and can start solving your engineering problems!

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2023 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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About Bilal Abdul Halim

Bilal Abdul Halim is an Application Engineer at GoEngineer specializing in Abaqus. Bilal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Experimental Fluid Mechanics where he studied the effects of corona discharge on viscous oil using particle image velocimetry. When not at work, Bilal is usually playing ping pong or trying different restaurants.

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