ParaView using X11 Forwarding

X Server for running the application

You first need to download an X server so the GUI can be forwarded and you can interact with ParaView.

For Windows, you can use Xming or VcXsrv: If you use the latter, select “One large window”, “Start no client”, uncheck “Native opengl” and check “Disable access control”

For Mac, you can use XQuartz

More information here: and here:

Make sure the application is running and it says, when you hover the mouse over it: “nameOfTheMachine:0.0”

Running SSH with forwarding capabilities

Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell and run the following commands:

$env:DISPLAY = "localhost:0"
ssh -X -Y #(replace "server" with fram, betzy or saga)

In case the connection is not very stable while running with PowerShell, you can try with Putty


  • Install the software from

  • On “Session” tab, under “Host Name”, write down (or fram or saga)

  • On “Connection” tab, write 240 on “Seconds between keepalives”. Also enable “Enable TCP keepalives (SO_KEEPALIVE option)”

  • On “SSH > X11” tab, check “Enable X11 forwarding” and write down on “X display location”: localhost:0.0

  • Go back to the “Session” tab, write a name for the session under “Saved Sessions” and click “Save”

  • Click “Open” and log in normally

Allocating resources for the project

Run the following command: salloc --nodes=1 --ntasks-per-node=1 --cpus-per-task=1 --time=00:30:00 --qos=devel --account=nnxxxxk

If the command above doesn’t work, take a look at this documentation.

Please, note that here we are asking 1 CPU only for 30 minutes in the Devel queue. If you need more resources and time, adjust the parameters accordingly.

The output will be similar to this one:

salloc: Pending job allocation 5442258
salloc: job 5442258 queued and waiting for resources
salloc: job 5442258 has been allocated resources
salloc: Granted job allocation 5442258
salloc: Waiting for resource configuration
salloc: Nodes c84-5 are ready for job

Running ParaView

Run the following commands:

ml avail | grep ParaView
module load ParaView/versionDesired #(replace "versionDesired" with the options available)

The ParaView user interface should load on the X Server within a few seconds.