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Ansys Student - Free Software Download

Ansys Student offers free access to our Ansys Workbench-based bundle. This bundle includes Ansys Mechanical, Ansys CFD, Ansys Autodyn, Ansys SpaceClaim and Ansys DesignXplorer. Used by students across the globe, Ansys Student can be leveraged to enhance your skill set with some of our most-used products.

For the free online simulation course from Cornell University, Ansys Student 2020 R2 is recommended.

Terms of Use: Free student downloads are for educational use only and may only be used for self-learning, student instruction, student projects, and student demonstrations.

(Built-in license valid until 07/31/22)

Before Installing:

  • Ensure that your computer meets the technical requirements necessary to run the software. Please see the platform support document for details.
  • Ensure that you have administrator privileges for the computer on which you are installing this product.
  • Uninstall any existing Ansys products present on your computer. The Ansys Student installation will overwrite any existing installations.
  • Please visit our Ansys Learning Forum for additional assistance.

Installation steps for the Ansys Student products from Release 18.0 onward:

  • Extract (unzip) the downloaded installation files.
  • Right-click on setup.exe and select Run as Administrator. (This will run setup.exe from the extracted files.)
  • Read and accept the clickwrap to continue.
  • Click the right arrow button to accept the default values throughout the installation.
  • Click the exit button to close the installer.
  • The Ansys Student software is now installed. Congratulations!

Reboot your machine and then run the Ansys Student product from your Start menu by selecting Workbench.

Supported Platforms and Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Processor(s): Workstation class
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 25 GB hard drive space
  • Computer must have a physical C:/” drive present
  • Graphics card and driver: Professional workstation class 3-D
  • OpenGL-capable

Download Times and Supported Browsers:
These are large files. Your internet connection speed and connection overhead will determine how long the download will take. Here’s a rough guide:

Download Speed (Mbps)

Average Download Time for Ansys Student Product

Supported Internet Browsers

10 Mbps (10Base-T)

55 mins

  • If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer (7 or higher), you will be given the option to download using a Download Manager that will appear as either a pop-up window or a new tab in your browser.
  • If you are using Google Chrome, the file will download directly, with no option to use a Download Manager.
  • Note that Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (or earlier) and other browsers are not supported.

25.6 Mbps (ATM25)

25 mins

51 Mbps (OC1)

15 mins


Ansys HPC (High-Performance Computing):
Ansys Student: Support up to two cores for HPC solutions.

Structural Physics: 128K nodes/elements
Fluid physics: 512K cells/nodes
Electromagnetics: N/A

Renewable, twelve-month lease.

Bundled Applications & Features:

  • Ansys Workbench
  • Ansys Multiphysics
  • Ansys Mechanical
  • Ansys Autodyn
  • Ansys Forte
  • Ansys Chemkin-Pro
  • Ansys CFD (Ansys CFX and Ansys Fluent)
  • Ansys Meshing and Extended Meshing
  • Ansys DesignModeler
  • Ansys DesignExplorer
  • Ansys SpaceClaim
  • Ansys Mechanical APDL
  • Ansys Polyflow
  • Ansys CFD-Post
  • Ansys EnSight
  • Ansys TurboGrid
  • Ansys EnVision 
  • Ansys ACP Pre & Post
  • Aqwa

Workbench Analysis Systems/Physics:

  • Design Assessment
  • Electric
  • Explicit Dynamics
  • Fluid Flow (CFX)
  • Fluid Flow (Fluent)
  • Harmonic Response
  • Linear Buckling
  • Magnetostatic
  • Modal
  • Random Vibration
  • Response Spectrum
  • Rigid Dynamics
  • Shape Optimization
  • Static Structural
  • Steady-State Thermal
  • Thermal-Electric
  • Transient Structural

Geometry Import:

  • Neutral format import IGES, STEP
  • Parasolid (native within Ansys DesignModeler)

(Built-in license valid until 03/31/22)

(Built-in license valid until 01/31/22)

For the free online simulation course from Cornell University, Ansys Student 2020 R2 is recommended.

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Getting Started with Ansys Student

Get started with Ansys’ free student products. Designed to help users of our Ansys Student product understand basic functionality and usage across products, this set of videos includes tutorials to support your learning across structural and fluid capabilities.


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