Get the code from GitHub and run ./Allwmake. If this fails, look into wmake.log and ldd.log.

To build the adapter, you need to install a few dependencies and then execute the Allwmake script.

  1. Install a compatible OpenFOAM distribution.
  2. Install preCICE.
  3. Download the latest release for your OpenFOAM version.
  4. Execute the build script: ./Allwmake.
    • See and adjust the configuration in the beginning of the script first, if needed.
    • Check for any error messages and suggestions at the end.
    • Modify the adapter_build_command to e.g. build using more threads, e.g. wmake -j 4 libso.

Adding -DADAPTER_DEBUG_MODE flag to the ADAPTER_PREP_FLAGS activates additional debug messages. You may also change the target directory or specify the number of threads to use for the compilation. See the comments in Allwmake for more.

Next: configure and load the adapter or run a tutorial.


The following are common problems that may appear during building the OpenFOAM adapter if something went wrong in the described steps. Make sure to always check for error messages at every step before continuing to the next.

The Allwmake script prints the environment variables it uses in the beginning (as well as in Allwmake.log) and it writes the building commands in the file wmake.log. Afterwards, it checks (using ldd) if the library was linked correctly and writes the output to ldd.log. Please check these files and include them in your report if you have need help.

Unknown function type preciceAdapterFunctionObject

Did building & linking the adapter succeed? Any errors in wmake.log or ldd.log? Details: (click)

If in the beginning of the simulation you get the following warning:

Starting time loop

 --> FOAM Warning :
     From function void* Foam::dlOpen(const Foam::fileName&, bool)
     in file POSIX.C at line 1604
     dlopen error : cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
 --> FOAM Warning :
     From function bool Foam::dlLibraryTable::open(const Foam::fileName&, bool)
     in file db/dynamicLibrary/dlLibraryTable/dlLibraryTable.C at line 105
     **could not load ""**
 --> FOAM Warning :
     From function bool Foam::dlLibraryTable::open(const Foam::dictionary&, const Foam::word&, const TablePtr&) [with TablePtr = Foam::HashTable<Foam::autoPtr<Foam::functionObject> (*)(const Foam::word&, const Foam::Time&, const Foam::dictionary&), Foam::word, Foam:     :string::hash>*]
     in file lnInclude/dlLibraryTableTemplates.C at line 62
     Could not open library ""

 --> FOAM Warning :
 Unknown function type preciceAdapterFunctionObject

then this probably means that something went wrong while building the OpenFOAM adapter. Check the files wmake.log (for building errors) and ldd.log (for runtime linking errors). Make sure that, when you run the simulation, you have the same OpenFOAM and any other required environment variables as when you built the adapter.

If everything during building has gone well, the adapter must be installed into your $FOAM_USER_LIBBIN directory. Check that it exists (ls $FOAM_USER_LIBBIN) and that ldd $FOAM_USER_LIBBIN/ does not return any errors.

Note that the simulation will continue without loading the adapter and there will be no coupling.

wmkdep: could not open file X

This is an info/warning message that is printed when WMake tries to distinguish between the object files it already has (and can save time by not recompiling them) and the files it needs to compile. You can safely ignore this message.

A header file cannot be found (during compilation)

This is a common problem e.g. when installing dependencies in non-system directories. Have a look in the page linking to preCICE.

Make sure to build both preCICE as a shared library (i.e. .so, not .a).