GPH 1: An introduction to Paraview

Workshop content

ParaView is a popular open source application for the visualization of 2D and 3D scientific data. It is designed to run on a desktop computer (or parallel cluster for large data) and comes packaged with a wide variety of scientific software.

Its graphical user interface (GUI) makes it quick to test visualization techniques on data. Once suitable techniques are selected you can build your own bespoke ParaView application, called a state, or use the knowledge gained to program your own application in another system/language.

This is a general hands-on course that introduces some of the basic visualization techniques using research data produced at the University of Leeds. It covers:

  • an overview of the GUI
  • how to load, save and reset a state
  • how to alter data using the calculator
  • using contours (isolines and isosurfaces)
  • clipping regions of interest
  • using multiple views to show related views of a single dataset
  • using colour and setting your colour map
  • placing titles in the view and saving images
  • creating an animation

If there is time at the end of the day you can load your own data into ParaView.


This course is aimed at researchers who have some 2D or 3D data that they are currently trying to visualize.


1 day


This workshop usually runs at least twice each academic year


This workshop is suitable for all research staff and postgraduate research students. Places may also be available for other staff and taught postgraduate students.


This workshop should be booked via the IT training unit. Click here to book.