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What is Altair

From Altair website:

Get access to the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, which offers the best technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products.

By integrating Altair products as part of your studies you will develop the confidence and acquire the skills to design innovative solutions to complex engineering problems.

Supported Operating Systems

Win10-logo.pngLinux-logo.png FEKO is available for Windows and Linux

VPN requirement

Vpn-depends.png Connection to campus VPN is not required to license FEKO student version but is required for the faculty version.

How to Install (Students)

Students will need to go to and click "Request Now!"

1. You will need to fill out the form using your school email

2. You will need to input your devices MAC address for Ethernet Host ID

* Click Host ID Tool for Windows
* Run the program to get your devices MAC address
* Copy and Paste the MAC address into the Ethernet Host ID field

3. Scroll through the agreement and then Accept the terms

4. Wait for validation email (may be in your junk folder)

5. Click the link in the validation email

6. Wait for email from Altair with your .dat license file and links to download the software (can take up to 1 week, may be in junk folder)

7. Once you receive the email save the .dat file to somewhere permanent (like your documents folder or see step 15 once the software is installed)

8. Click FEKO & WinProp in the email to download the software

9. Once the download finishes run the software

10. Click next and accept the terms

11. Leave default install path, click next

12. Choose shortcut options or leave default, click next

13. Leave defaults, click next

14. Click install

15. Once the install is finished you will need to license the software. Follow the instructions on this link

*Note: You can follow any of the 3 options to license the software


The Faculty/STAFF version requires the VPN for laptops and off campus use to contact the license server

1. Launch the installer

2. Next Scroll through and then Accept the terms

3. You can click next through the options or make changes (default install location, Yes/No desktop shortcuts, etc.)

4. On the Altair License Management page, leave it blank

5. Click Install

6. Once the install is finished in Windows 10, Go to Settings -> System -> About -> System Info -> Advanced System Settings

7. Click "Environment Variables...", under system variables click "new...",

8. For Variable name and Variable value see license server path link above