An interactive data analysis and visualisation tool with 3D rendering capability

Our ParaView modules include the pvserver only (see manual below).
We do not recommend to use the ParaView GUI directly:
X-window forwarding has high latency and the images of our compute nodes bring only a minimal set of graphic-drivers/libs. 


ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application with interactive 3D or programmatical batch processing capabilities

Read more on ParaView home page. For a manual visit the Paraview Guide page.


VersionInstallation pathmodule filecompiler/MPI libcomment


paraview/5.0.1gcc/OpenMPIAvailable in Emmy (HLRN-IV Gö)



gcc-9.2.0, openmpi/gcc.9/3.1.5

Available in Emmy (HLRN-IV Gö) and Lise (HLRN-IV Ber)



gcc-9.2.0, openmpi/gcc.9/4.1.4

Available in Lise (HLRN-IV Ber)




gcc-9.3.0, openmpi/gcc.9/4.1.4

Available in Lise (HLRN-IV Ber)

Example Use

  1. @HLRN: Start interactive job. If a lot of memory is needed, especially the fat nodes are suitable:

    srun --partition=large96 --nodes=1 --ntasks-per-node=96 --mem=747000mb --pty bash
  2. @HLRN: Load prerequisite modules

    module load gcc/9.2.0
    module load openmpi/gcc.9
    module load anaconda3
    module load llvm/9.0.0
    module load paraview
  3. @HLRN: Start Paraview-Server on your fat node bfn####

    mpirun -n $SLURM_TASKS_PER_NODE pvserver

    Wait a few seconds till your Paraview-Server provides a connection, typically with the port number 11111.

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  4. @local: Start a ssh tunnel on your preferred terminal to access the port of the fat node via a login node of the HLRN

    ssh -N -L 11111:bfn####:11111 <user>

    Leave this terminal window open to keep the tunnel running. Before setting up a ssh tunnel check if your standard ssh login works. If you are a windows user without a proper terminal we recommend MobaXterm.

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  5. @local: Start your ParaView client GUI and access your Paraview-Server at


    Please note: the version of your local ParaView client has to be the same as the remote Paraview-Server. You can download various ParaView versions here. After calling "module load paraview" the version of the loaded module will be displayed.