Cantera is an open-source suite of tools for problems involving chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes.

Automation

Cantera automates the chemical kinetic, thermodynamic, and transport calculations so that the users can efficiently incorporate detailed chemical thermo-kinetics and transport models into their calculations.

Object-Oriented

Cantera utilizes object-oriented concepts for robust yet flexible phase models, and algorithms are generalized so that users can explore different phase models with minimal changes to their overall code.

Multiple Interfaces

Cantera can be used from Python and Matlab, or in applications written in C/C++ and Fortran 90.

Broad Applications

Cantera is currently used for applications including combustion, detonations, electrochemical energy conversion and storage, fuel cells, batteries, aqueous electrolyte solutions, plasmas, and thin film deposition.

Tutorials
New? Start here!

The tutorials linked below will get you started using Cantera on your own machine.

Python Matlab Convert Input Files
Open Binder
Try Cantera in your Browser!

Cantera can be used online in Jupyter Notebooks via the Binder service! Try it out now!

Binder
Examples
What can Cantera do?

We have a number of examples demonstrating the use of Cantera in some of our interfaces.

Python Matlab Jupyter Notebook
Installing & Compiling
Instructions to install pre-built Cantera binaries or to build Cantera from the source
Science
A description of the equations that Cantera solves, including equations of state, energy and mass conservation, and chemical kinetics.
Documentation
Documentation for the classes and functions that make up Cantera.

How is Cantera Supported?

Cantera is developed by a team of volunteers, and we’re always looking for new team members. If there is a feature you want added, a bug that needs to be fixed, or even just a typo in the documentation, changes from the community are always welcome. For more, see the section about contributing code on our Community page.

Cantera is a fiscally sponsored project of NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the open source scientific computing community. If you have found Cantera to be useful to your research or company, please consider making a donation to support our efforts. All donations will be used exclusively to fund the development of Cantera’s source code, documentation, or community.

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