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How to read Abaqus .res file



I do optimization combinign Matlab and Abaqus.I need to have high precision nodal displacement so I generated .fil and .res files.

It is difficult to extract the result I need from .fil file, because it is a complex file to read/rearrange . So I decided to use the .res file. This file is a binary format. I really appreciat your idea about how to read this file.


Thank you so much.




It would probably be easier to read the ODB file directly using a python script. They have a very nice API for that. SIMULIA has tried several times to get rid of the *.fil file, while the ODB file is the preferred file to access and will be supported for the forseeable future.

Here's an example of how to get displacements:


from odbAccess import *


# Define some handy variables

odb = openOdb(path='Torque_Arm_Analysis.odb')

step1 = odb.steps['Step-1']

# Last frame in step

frame = step1.frames[-1]

# Initialize a variable

max_U2 = 0.

# Sets disps = all displacements in model (U)

disps = frame.fieldOutputs['U']

# Defines nodes = nodes in node set 'TORQUE_ARM'

nodes = odb.rootAssembly.instances['TORQUE_ARM-1'].nodeSets['DISPNODES']

# Sets disp_at_nodes = displacements in nodes in set 'DISPNODES'

disp_at_nodes = disps.getSubset(region=nodes)

# Loops over all nodes in set, sets max_U2 to maximum U2 displacement

for dispVal in disp_at_nodes.values:

# dispVal[0] is U1, [1] is U2, [3] is U3

if dispVal[1] > max_U2:

             max_U2 = dispVal[1]

# Creates a text file called 'outputs.dat' and writes responses of interest

outputFile = open('outputs.dat','w')

outputFile.write('Maximum 2-direction displacement in torque arm\n')

outputFile.write('%10.4E \n' % (max_U2))



If you put this code into a text file called "" you could call it from the command line with the following command: "abaqus python". You'd just need to make sure the python script and the ODB were in the working directory when you run.

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Hidroxid's picture

Hello Marcus,

I am trying to use your code but it gives me the error in the following line:

"if dispVal[1] > max_U2:

             max_U2 = dispVal[1]"

The error message is: "IndentationError: expected an indented block"

 Do you know what is the problem?

ammar alsheghri's picture


I am trying to use your code but I get the following problem:

  File "", line 32, in <module> 

    if dispVal[1]>max_U2: 

TypeError: 'FieldValue' object is unsubscriptable 

Do you have an idea about it? 


That is a typing error in python code.

Python uses indentations for loops. Therefore, you should adjust the indent with to overcome this problem. 



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