Loading geometry from command line

Hello there,
I just installed Netgen on my MBP. From the command line I can open it from command line with


If I’m in the folder containing the geometries, I can open one, e.g. File → Load Geometry → sculpture.geo

But I cannot do this from the command line using

netgen sculpture.geo

(netgen opens but geometry does not load).

At this point I have not added to my bash start up file the following: export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/Applications/Netgen.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python3.8/site-packages:.
export NETGENDIR=/Applications/Netgen.app/Contents/MacOS

When I do, and I again call


I get the error below. Can you provide some advice on what to do?

dyld: Library not loaded: /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.8/Python Referenced from: /Applications/Netgen.app/Contents/MacOS/netgen Reason: image not foundzsh: abort netgen

ALSO: are you aware that this link is broken: Getting started with Netgen/NGSolve — NGS-Py 6.2.2302 documentation

although this one works: Getting started with Netgen/NGSolve — NGS-Py 6.2.2302 documentation



How did you install Netgen? The behavior that “netgen sculpture.geo” is not showing a geometry indicates that you are using the “pip install netgen” method.
(Side note: We had to reimplement the netgen main file in python for the pip installers, and most features are still missing. In the .dmg installers the geometry should be loaded with this command).

The variables you set afterwards are only necessary, if you use the .dmg installer (not for the pip installer).

Could it be you tried both? In this case I would remove the .dmg installation (/Applications/Netgen.app) and the environment variables. The .dmg bundle needs python 3.8 (seems you have a different version installed, that’s why it’s not working.)

The broken link is fixed, thank’s for the hint!

We will implement the geometry loading from command line, I will reply here when a new (nightly) version is available.


A new (prerelease) version is available on pip, you can get it with

pip install --pre ngsolve