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field - plot a field (rheolef-7.1)


field [options] file[.field[.gz]]


Read and output a finite element field from file.


field square.field
field square.field -bw
field box.field



Specifies the name of the file containing the input field.


Read field on standard input instead on a file.


When the field comes from standard input, the file base name is not known and is set to 'output' by default. This option allows one to change this default. Useful when dealing with output formats (graphic, format conversion) that creates auxiliary files, based on this name.

-I dir

Add dir to the Rheolef file search path. This option is useful e.g. when the mesh .geo and the .field fikes are in different directories. This mechanism initializes a search path given by the environment variable RHEOPATH. If the environment variable RHEOPATH is not set, the default value is the current directory.

-mark string
-catch string
-catchmark string

Jump across the file to the specified string . Label start at the beginning of a line, preceded by a # mark (see catchmark(3)).


-field -text

Output field on standard output stream in Rheolef ascii (field or geo) text file format.


Output field on standard output stream in .gmsh file format.


Output field on standard output stream in .gmsh-pos file format, suitable for mesh adaptation purpose.


Output field on standard output stream in bamg-bb text file format, suitable for mesh adaptation purpose.

-image-format string

For image or video capture. The supported argument are .jpg, .png, .tif and .bmp. This option should be combined with the paraview render. The output file is basename.png where basename is the name of the mesh, or can be set with the -name option.

-resolution int int

For the resolution of an image or a video capture. The argument is a couple of sizes, separated by a white space. This option can be used together with the -image-format for any of the bitmap image formats. This option requires the paraview render.



Print the min (resp. max) value of the scalar field and then exit.


Print the name of the mesh associated to the field and exit.



Use the gnuplot tool. This is the default in one dimension.


Use the paraview tool. This is the default for two- and tri-dimensional geometries.



Use (color/gray scale/black and white) rendering. Color rendering is the default.


Show or hide title, color bar and various annotations. Default is to show labels.

`-label string

Set the label to show for the represented value. This supersedes the default value.


For two dimensional field, represent values as elevation in the third dimension. The default is no elevation.

-scale float

Applies a multiplicative factor to the field. This is useful e.g. in conjunction with the elevation option. The default value is 1.


Rendering mode suitable for red-blue anaglyph 3D stereoscopic glasses. This option is only available with paraview.


Isoline intervals are filled with color. This is the default. When -nofill, draw isolines by using lines.


For 3D data, render values using a colored translucid volume. This option requires the paraview code.


Cut by a specified plane. The cutting plane is specified by its origin point and normal vector. This option requires the paraview code.

-origin float [float [float]]

Set the origin of the cutting plane. Default is (0.5, 0.5, 0.5).

-normal float [float [float]]

Set the normal of the cutting plane. Default is (1, 0, 0).

-isovalue [float]
-iso [float]

Draw 2d isoline or 3d isosurface. When the optional float is not provided, a median value is used. This option requires the paraview code.


Do not draw isosurface. This is the default.

-n-iso int

For 2D visualizations, the isovalue table contains regularly spaced values from fmin to fmax, the bounds of the field.

-n-iso-negative int

The isovalue table is split into negatives and positives values. Assume there is n_iso=15 isolines: if 4 is requested by this option, then, there will be 4 negatives isolines, regularly spaced from fmin to 0 and 11=15-4 positive isolines, regularly spaced from 0 to fmax. This option is useful when plotting e.g. vorticity or stream functions, where the sign of the field is representative.

-proj approx

Convert all selected fields to approximation approx by using a L2 projection.


Convert all selected fields to the Pk Lagrange continuous approximation by using a L2 projection, where k is the current polynomial degree.


Force P1 approximation for L2 projection and use a lumped mass matrix for it.

-round [float]

Round the input up to the specified precision. This option, combined with -field, leads to a round filter. Useful for non-regression test purpose, in order to compare numerical results between files with a limited precision, since the full double precision is machine-dependent.

-subdivide int

When using a high order geometry, the number of points per edge used to draw a curved element. Default value is the mesh order.

-deformation -velocity

Render vector-valued fields as deformed mesh using paraview or gnuplot. This is the default vector field representation. When velocity, render vector-valued fields as arrows using paraview instead.


-comp int
-comp string

Extract the i-th component of a vector-valued field. For a tensor-valued field, indexing components as 00, 01, 11... is supported.

-domain name

Reduce the visualization to the specified domain name.



Print messages related to graphic files created and command system calls (this is the default).


Clear temporary graphic files (this is the default).


Execute graphic command (this is the default). The -noexecute variant is useful in conjunction with the -verbose and -noclean options in order to modify some render options by hand.


It contains a header and a list values at degrees of freedom. The header contains the field keyword followed by a line containing a format version number (presently 1), the number of degrees of freedom (i.e. the number of values listed), the mesh file name without the .geo extension the approximation (e.g. P1, P2, etc), and finally the list of values:

A sample field file write

1 4

See also geo(1) for the .geo mesh file format.


The following command send to vtk the cuted 2d plane of the 3d field:

field cube.field -cut -normal 0 1 0 -origin 0.5 0.5 0.5 -vtk

Next, let us generate the cuted 2d field and its associated mesh:

field cube.field -cut -normal 0 1 0 -origin 0.5 0.5 0.5 -text > cube-cut.field

For drawing the isosurface:

field cube.field -isovalue 0.5

Finally, let us generate the isosurface as a 3d surface mesh in the .geo file format:

field cube.field -isovalue 0.5 -text > isosurf.geo

This file is then suitable for others treatments.


This documentation has been generated from file main/bin/


Pierre Saramito <>


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Sat Mar 13 2021 Version 7.1