ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities.

It was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of terascale as well as on laptops for smaller data.

User instructions

ParaView is installed on all workstations from the Debian repositories.

The main program is called ‘paraview’, though other useful utilities exist. In-depth documentation is available on the ParaView website and on the ParaView wiki.


A number of open-source licenses. See here for details.

Admin notes

The version from the Debian repositories is sufficiently recent currently.