HOWTO: Install Free Academic Ansys Desktop License for COVID19

Free Academic Ansys Desktop License (2020 R1 version)

Ansys, Inc. is generously providing a temporary free trial license for home use as a COVID-19 response for OSC academic users. You can download the installer and license to your desktop following the instructions below. The license will expire on Dec 31, 2020. (The original expiry date was May 31, 2020, but it has been extended to Dec 31, 2020)

The extended license until Dec 31, 2020 is available now!

This license is for OSC academic users only. 

Notice: This temporary license key is not to be distributed, downloaded or made accessible to any other individual. It may only be used by you, the recipient, solely in connection with your university class or authorized university research. This temporary license key is not to be distributed, downloaded or made accessible to anyone in China or Russia.​

Download

Please click here (login required) to download the temporary Ansys license file and Ansys 2020R1 installer for Windows and Linux. You will need an OSC account and password to access. You don't need to download all the binary files. You can select only files that are related to your study. 

If you downloaded and used Ansys with the license expiring on May 31 or Sep 30, 2020, you can download the new license file from here (login required). Just replacing the license file would be enough to use Ansys until Dec 31, 2020.   

You can find supported platform information from here.

Installation

Windows:

  1. Extract downloaded files
  2. Install software by running setup.exe from the extracted directory.
    • Select Install Ansys Products
    • Follow the instructions
    • For Enter License Server Specification, click on Skip this step and configure later, follow instructions in step 3.
  3. Setting the temporary license file (academic.lic)
    1. Locate the downloaded license file. By default, your browser will write the file to your Downloads directory. The directions assume you are leaving it in the Downloads directory (%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\academic.lic).
    2. Should you choose to save the file to a different directory, please make note of that new file location so you can replace the text in quotes in the setx commands below with the new file location

    3. Open a command prompt: press the Windows key + at the same time, enter cmd, and press OK.
    4. In the command prompt, run the following commands to set appropriate environment variables to point to the license file: 
      • setx ANSYSLMD_LICENSE_FILE "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\academic.lic"
      • setx DYNARDO_LICENSE_FILE "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\academic.lic"
      • setx ESTERELD_LICENSE_FILE "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\academic.lic"

Linux:

  1. Extract downloaded files. For example,
    tar xvf STRUCTURES_2020R1_LINX64.tar
    unzip ELECTRONICS_2020R1_LINX64.zip
    1. Install software by running ./INSTALL from the extracted directory.
      • Select Install Ansys Products
      • Follow the instructions
      • For Enter License Server Specification, click on Skip this step and configure later, follow instructions in step 3.
    2. Setting the temporary license file (academic.lic)
      1. Locate the downloaded license file. 
      2. Set up the environment variables for the license file: 
        1. For csh:
          setenv ANSYSLMD_LICENSE_FILE "{path to}/academic.lic"
          setenv DYNARDO_LICENSE_FILE "{path to}/academic.lic"
          setenv ESTERELD_LICENSE_FILE "{path to}/academic.lic"
        2. For bash:
          export ANSYSLMD_LICENSE_FILE="{path to}/academic.lic"
          export DYNARDO_LICENSE_FILE="{path to}/academic.lic"
          export ESTERELD_LICENSE_FILE="{path to}/academic.lic"

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