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FEBio2 newsIt’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of version 2.0 of FEBio (Finite Elements for Biomechanics). This new version can be downloaded here.  FEBio is an open-source finite element package, specifically designed for solving problems in the field of computational biomechanics. This new version includes some major changes and contains a number of new and exciting features. Some of the noteworthy changes and additions are listed below.


Plugins are dynamic libraries which extend the capabilities of FEBio at runtime without the need to recompile the entire source code. This offers the user a powerful mechanism for extending the default feature set of FEBio with little effort. This has involved a major restructuring of the code.


OpenMP directives have been added to speed up several sections of the code when running with multiple processors. This is in addition to parallelization of the default linear solver PARDISO.

All documentation has been updated and can be downloaded on the FEBio Documentation page. The release notes and svn logs have been updated in the installation package.  Online versions of the manuals are also available on the Documentation page.

We encourage you to submit images/videos of your research, to be posted on the FEBio Gallery, to showcase the research being done with FEBio.  We’ll even create the images/videos for you if you’ll send us the .feb or .plt/.xplt files!

We’d also like to remind you that as part of our effort to track the impact of the FEBio software suite, we have assembled a list of all publications that have used or referenced FEBio. If you publish manuscripts, conference papers or abstracts that use FEBio, please reference the following manuscript:

Maas SA, Ellis BJ, Ateshian GA, Weiss JA:  FEBio: Finite Elements for Biomechanics.  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(1):011005, 2012.

Please report any problems or questions on the MRL Software Forum.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank our ever-growing user base for helping us make FEBio a great tool for computational biomechanics. As always, we would really appreciate any feedback that you may have to help us improve FEBio.

Kind Regards,

The FEBio Software Team

Steve Maas
Dave Rawlins
Gerard Ateshian
Jeff Weiss
Ben Ellis