System Requirements: Running COMSOL Apps

COMSOL applications can be run by connecting to COMSOL Server™ from a web browser or from the COMSOL Client for Windows®. The COMSOL Client for Windows® allows a user to run applications that require a LiveLink™ product for CAD. Running applications in a web browser does not require any installation or web browser plugins. Running an application in a web browser supports interactive graphics in 3D using WebGL™ technology. The system requirements for COMSOL Compiler™, and compiled applications, are identical to those for COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Web Browsers

Recent versions of the most popular web browsers support the WebGL™ standard for 3D graphics and WebSockets. The table below lists the earliest version of each browser that supports WebGL™ and WebSockets, but we recommend always using the latest version of the browser for the best user experience.

Operating System Browser Recommended Version
Windows®/Linux®/macOS Chrome™ 31 or later
Windows® Internet Explorer® 11 or later
{windows} Microsoft Edge® 21 or later
Windows®/Linux®/macOS Firefox® 35 or later
macOS Safari 7.1 or later
iOS® Safari 8.1 or later
Android™ Android™ Browser 37 or later
Android™ Chrome™ 40 or later

COMSOL Client for Windows®

Running COMSOL apps with the COMSOL Client for the Windows® operating system utilizes Microsoft® Windows® components. This gives simulation apps a look-and-feel similar to apps running in the COMSOL Desktop® environment. In addition, many of the LiveLink™ products for CAD software can be used with the COMSOL Client.

Supported Operating System Version
64-Bit Operating Systems
  • Windows® 10
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 8
  • Windows® 7 SP1
  • Windows Server® 2016
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
The COMSOL Client also requires that the Internet Explorer® web browser has been updated to version 11 or later.

Interfacing Products

CAD Import Module and Design Module

Operating System Version
Windows® Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 101,2
macOS macOS 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14 1,2
Linux® OS-specific system requirements only 1,2

1File import of the NX™ file format is available only on a supported Windows® or Linux® operating system.

2File import of the AutoCAD®, Inventor®, and SOLIDWORKS® file formats is available only on a supported Windows® operating system.

For a list of supported file formats for CAD file import and export, see the CAD Specification Chart.

LiveLink™ Products for CAD Software

The bidirectional interface functionality of the product suite detailed in the table below is available only for the Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10 operating systems when run together with the COMSOL Client. The bidirectional interface functionality of LiveLink™ for PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® is available only for the Windows® 7 operating system when run together with the COMSOL Client. For other included functionality, such as file import and geometric operations, see the CAD Import Module and Design Module table above.

LiveLink™ Compatible Software
LiveLink™ for AutoCAD® AutoCAD® 2018 and 2019
LiveLink™ for Inventor® Inventor® 2018 and 2019; Inventor® Professional 2018 and 2019
LiveLink™ for PTC® Creo® Parametric™ PTC® Creo® Parametric™ 2.0 (at least M100)1, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0
LiveLink™ for PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire® 4.0 and 5.0, and PTC® Creo® Elements Pro 5.0
LiveLink™ for Revit® Revit® 2018 and 2019
LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® Solid Edge® ST10 and 2019
LiveLink™ for SOLIDWORKS® SOLIDWORKS® 2017 and 2018

1Support for PTC® Creo® Parametric™ 2.0 by the LiveLink™ interface will be removed in the next major release of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

File Import for CATIA® V5

The File Import for CATIA® V5 add-on to the CAD Import Module, Design Module, and LiveLink™ products for CAD is only available for Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10.

LiveLink™ for Excel®

LiveLink™ for Excel® is compatible with Excel® 2010, 2013, and 2016 on the Windows® operating system. Excel® 2010 Starter is not supported.

LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

LiveLink™ for MATLAB® is compatible with MATLAB® R2018a and R2018b on all supported operating systems. For Linux® operating system, the programs xterm and csh are required. To interface with MATLAB® functions, the COMSOL app needs to be run in a web browser, while the MATLAB® and COMSOL Server™ programs need to be installed on the same physical computer.

Note: This information is provided for your benefit, but should not be used as a substitute for your own investigation of the system requirements that may be appropriate for your use of COMSOL® software or other software, given your particular circumstances. Systems and hardware change regularly, which may impact any determination of what system requirements are appropriate for you.

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