This article is part of a series titled Abaqus Tips and Tricks

Download Abaqus Student Edition

Instructions to download Abaqus Student Edition, and notes on requirements and limitations of the software

Abaqus is an expensive software. If you are at an academic institution your department might already have a subscription to the Research edition, but you may need to request access to it and you might also only be able to use it while on campus. If you are at a business your company will need to purchase licenses for the Commercial edition if they don't already have any. The good news is that if you just want to learn how to use the software you can do so without spending any money by downloading Abaqus Student Edition (SE). 

Although Abaqus SE was previously only for students, Dassault now allows anyone to download it for learning. The Abaqus documentation is also included in the download.

Here are some instructions on how to download the software, and some notes on system requirements and limitations.


Before you begin the installation, ensure you meet the following system requirements:

  • Your operating system must be Windows 10. You cannot run Abaqus directly on Mac OS.
  • Your operating system must be 64 bit (32 bit will not work). To determine if your system is 64 bit type About in the Windows 10 search bar (next to the start button). Look in the Device specifications section under System type. It should say something like 64-bit operating system.
  • You will need at least 6.3 GB of free space for the installation
  • Internet Explorer 11.0.11 or higher must be installed. You probably already have this if you allow Windows to install updates
  • You need administrator privileges on the machine


Follow these steps to download Abaqus Student Edition:

Step 1 - You need a 3D Passport. If you already have a 3DExperience ID associated with your academic institution you can use that. Alternatively anyone can create a 3DExperience ID by registering here

Step 2 - Go to the Student Edition Software Downloads page on the Simulia Learning Community community here. If you cannot find a download link there, here is a direct link.

(The above links work at the time of writing this article, but Simulia might change the locations in future). 


Just to give you a heads up, Abaqus SE has a few limitations that prevent it from being used for any serious commercial work.  

  • The model size is limited to 1000 nodes, both for analysis and for post-processing.
  • Some features of the software which require a compiler are disabled. That means you cannot use user subroutines written in Fortran, nor can you use the C++ ODB API for post-processing.
  • Parallel execution is not available, so you will only be able to run your analysis jobs on 1 cpu.
  • Any models you make in Abaqus SE will not work in Abaqus Commercial Edition (but they will work in Abaqus Research Edition).
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