The postprocess binary format is strongly based in the ascii format.

Each line of the Mesh and Result headers are stored as a 4-byte integer with the length of the string followed by the 0-terminated string-line.

Mesh coordinates, conectivities and result values are stored as binary data, 4-byte integers and 4-byte floating point values.

Finally the whole binary data file is compressed with z-lib.

You can debug the file following these steps:

  • rename the file for instance to .post.res.gz
  • uncompress it with your favoutire compressor
  • you can 'edit' the file with emacs, notepad++ or any other editor
  • you can also look for the 'Result' header with CLI tools like:
  • grep -a Result ./ | awk ' BEGIN { RS ="\0" } ; { printf "\n%s\n", $0 }' | grep -a Result | less

    Output example:

    Result "PRESSURE" "Kratos" 1 Scalar OnNodes^Y

    Result "VELOCITY" "Kratos" 1 Vector OnNodesE

    Result "PRESSURE" "Kratos" 2 Scalar OnNodes^Y

    Result "VELOCITY" "Kratos" 2 Vector OnNodesE

    Result "PRESSURE" "Kratos" 3 Scalar OnNodes^Y

    Result "VELOCITY" "Kratos" 3 Vector OnNodesE


    Use the freely available GiDPost library to write post-process data files in ascii, binary or hdf5 format. Switching between these formats only requires a couple of modifications. The source code and some pre-built binaries can be downloaded from --> GiDPlus --> GidPost.