Download and Install CAVE

Linux x86_64 installCAVE.sh
macOS awips2-cave-16.2.2.dmg
32-bit Windows awips-cave.msi
64-bit Windows awips-cave.amd64.msi


For CentOS/Red Hat 6 and 7. Installs to /awips2/cave and writes files to ~/caveData.

Install as root:

chmod 755 ./installCAVE.sh

All package dependencies should be resolved by yum.

Run CAVE from the command line


or find CAVE in the GNOME menu Applications > Internet > AWIPS CAVE

System Requirements

  • x86_64 CentOS/RHEL 6 or 7
  • OpenGL 2.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • Latest NVIDIA driver for your graphics card
  • 2GB disk space for caching datasets in ~/caveData


Writes config files to ~/Library/CAVE

macOS 10.12 (Sierra) not fully supported, requires cave be run from the command line.

New to 10.12 is Gatekeeper Path Randomization, which prevents applications delivered outside of the Mac App Store from running by normal means (taskbar icon or finder).

Until the next release, CAVE on Sierra should be run from the terminal with the command /Applications/CAVE/cave.app/Contents/MacOS/cave


Writes files to caveData in the user's home directory.

Beta status

Client-side Python scripts (including Derived Parameters) do not work on Windows

AWIPS Data in the Cloud

Unidata and XSEDE Jetstream have partnered to offer a EDEX data server in the cloud, open to the Unidata university community. Select the server in the Connectivity Preferences dialog, or enter edex-cloud.unidata.ucar.edu (without http:// before, or :9581/services after).

EDEX in the cloud


Localization Preferences Error

You can reset CAVE by removing the ~/caveData directory (on macOS ~/Library/CAVE) and then run cave again to connect to an EDEX server. Your local files have been removed, but if you are re-connecting to an EDEX server you have used before, the remote files will sync again to your local ~/caveData (bundles, colormaps, etc.).

No Images Displayed

If you are able to load wire-frame contours but not images, update your video driver.