Naming of versions

  • stable : This is the version qualified by EDF for its studies and its research projects. The Quality chart refers to that version. That version is currently identified as 12.5. It is updated every six months.
  • stable-updates : This refers to the intermediate states between two stable versions. They contain only bug fixes and is updated each month. These updates are numbered as 12.5.x.
  • testing : That version is a frozen state of the unstable version. Currently, it is the 13.1 and it is updated every six months.
  • unstable : This version is weekly updated with the new features and bug fixes. That refers to the updates numbered 13.1.x.

Available versions

Version name
Version number
Code_Aster stable aster-full-src-12.5.0-1.noarch.tar.gz 12.5 14 décembre 2015 256 MB 58224ee70b508e2bf0a0e0f0fab6a57d
Code_Aster testing aster-full-src-13.1.0-1.noarch.tar.gz 13.1 14 décembre 2015 259 MB 1029e8a31987c40d5362551a04392d9c

The new versions of Code_Aster Open source, Code_Aster stable (12.5) and Code_Aster testing (13.1) are available for download.

The version 12.5 contains only bugfixes. Improvements have also been added in the version 13.1.

The distribution format remains identical: a unique archive contains Code_Aster and all other additional tools in the form of source code.

Apart from Code_Aster you will find the latest available updates: astk 1.13.7 (Aster’s GUI for calculation management), Eficas 2015.2 (graphical editor for command files), Homard 11.4 (a mesh refining tool), the med 3.0.8 library (exchange of meshes and fields with third-party codes), metis 4.0.3 (reordering tool), mumps 5.0.1 for testing and mumps 4.10.0 for stable (linear solver), etc.

In addition, as for the previous version, Code_Aster 12.5 & 13.1 incorporate an interface to MFront, a constitutive law generator developed by CEA and EDF. The packaged version is MFront 2.0.3.


  • A recent version of Python (2.7) with the numpy module
  • A Fortran compiler
  • A C/C++ compiler

Please read the README file before the installation, then

python setup.py install --prefix=/opt/aster.

We advise you to use Intel compilers if they are available for Code_Aster, and Mumps and use GNU compilers for the other embedded software.