algorithmic modeling for Rhino



Karamba is an interactiv, parametric finite element program for shell and beam structures.

Current Version: 1.0.5 (February 14th 2014)

Location: Vienna
Members: 420
Latest Activity: 4 hours ago

karamba is an interactive, parametric finite element program. It lets you analyze the response of 3-dimensional beam and shell structures under arbitrary loads.

karamba is being developed by Clemens Preisinger in cooperation with Bollinger-Grohmann-Schneider ZTGmbH Vienna.

Download the free version for non-commercial use only. In case you want to purchase a commercial license contact us via or read the manual for details.


download, manual: or

examples (require GH 0.9.0014):

update report/known bugs:

Here a beam structure based on stream-lines with bending moments:


More details, manual, examples and download ....



Discussion Forum

dome stresses 1 Reply

hi there,for understanding the karamba shell components i investigate load on a simple dome (half a sphere).i want to figure out where to place tension elements (like tension cables or fibres)one…Continue

Started by pyrit. Last reply by karamba 4 hours ago.

Sets of beam 6 Replies

Hi, I not sure I understand the function "Make Beam-set" very well. Can I use it for the following problem? I have a main group of beam elements to analyse. For some of these beams I would like to…Continue

Started by Lara Alegria Mira. Last reply by Thomas TRINELLE on Friday.

Karamba - user problems 99 Replies

please post here in case of karamba problems !Continue

Tags: problems, faq, karamba

Started by karamba. Last reply by karamba on Wednesday.

Optimising Groups of Cross-Sections 4 Replies

Hi all,Wonder if anyone can help out with this one:I have a set of beams with ID 1 in my model. These can be selected from a range of RHS sections with height limited by 200mm. I then have a set of…Continue

Started by jjsolly. Last reply by jjsolly on Wednesday.

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Comment by Kaz on March 27, 2014 at 2:41am

it would be better to test full version , thank you for your cooperation , here is my email :

thanks again

Comment by karamba on March 25, 2014 at 1:31pm

Dear Kaz, you can run the examples them with the trial-version by decreasing the number of elements or use the free version when only beams are involved. Alternatively I can send you a one-month trial license for the full version.

Best, Clemens 

Comment by Kaz on March 25, 2014 at 10:48am

All examples files are restricted in trial version , how to test it ?

Comment by Mahdi Soheyli Fard on March 19, 2014 at 8:08am

Hi there,

long time no comments!

Dear Clemens,

This is actual proper that karamba have some rules for defining the relations between components, from points to lines, lines to surfaces, surfaces to forms and volumes and so on. except from manual which you've released before, is there any references you know, we could adapt our models to, for writing algorithms more accurate?



Comment by karamba on January 12, 2014 at 11:26pm

"karamba.ini" is located in the folder "Karamba" which can be found in the installation directory of Karamba.

Comment by qiushi on January 12, 2014 at 2:27pm

The result of karamba analysis is too big compare with my grasshopper model even after I reduce the radius, can I change the unit of karamba to make it proper? I tried to look for the "karamba.ini" mentioned in the booklet, but didn't find it.


Comment by karamba on December 18, 2013 at 12:45am

Hi, maybe you find this helpful:



Comment by Iasef Md Rian on December 17, 2013 at 10:06pm

I am trying to analyze the structural behaviors of a brick masonry vault and a masonry shell structure. In karamba there is no material property of brick masonry in the material list. How can I solve this problem?

Comment by qiushi on December 17, 2013 at 4:04am
I make it!
I type the installing path like this:

Comment by qiushi on December 17, 2013 at 3:50am

Now I have rhion 4 and rhino 5 32bit & 64bit both. I installed karamba 1.04 for rhino 64bit free version in my grasshopper for rhino 5 folder, it does show in the grasshopper folder, but when I open rhino and grasshopper, it doesn't show on the tool bar and I didn't find the Draw All Components in Grasshoppers View-menu mentioned in the Karamba installation booklet.



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