Getting started

openCARP offers a wide range of functionality which enables you to create your own in-silico experiments of cardiac electrophysiology.

Please read the following questions. If you answer with "yes", please read the corresponding section. The sections range from newbies to expert users.

New to cardiac modeling?

If this is (almost) your first contact with cardiac computational modeling, please read first section 3 in our user manual.

New to openCARP?

If you have went through the material suggested in the section above or are already an experienced user of a different cardiac modeling environment, please first go through our examples explaining some basic features of openCARP and the carputils framework. You will need a version of openCARP installed for this (see below for instruction). For a detailed explanation on how to start a simulation and the commands of openCARP, please refer to the openCARP manual.


We suggest unexperienced users to first try openCARP in our Docker container as you don't need to install much on your computer except for Docker. For more experienced users and those more familiar with software compilation, you can install openCARP from source. This version should also work well on parallel computers. Both ways to install openCARP are detailed on the installation page.

Experienced CARP/CARPentry user?

If you have used CARP or CARPentry before, you should know most of the features and interfaces of openCARP. The differences between CARP/CARPentry and openCARP are explained here. All parameters and commands are detailed in the openCARP manual.

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