This documentation is for an old version of Cantera. You can find docs for newer versions here.


Cantera is an open-source suite of object-oriented software tools for problems involving chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and/or transport processes. The software automates the chemical kinetic, thermodynamic, and transport calculations so that the users can efficiently incorporate detailed chemical thermo-kinetics and transport models into their calculations.

The code utilizes object-oriented concepts for robust yet flexible phase models, and algorithms are generalized so that users can explore different phase models with minimal changes to their overall code. Currently, Cantera can be used from Python and Matlab, or in applications written in C/C++ and Fortran 90. Cantera also provides a limited number of solvers for time-dependent reactor networks and steady one-dimensional reacting flows.

Cantera is currently used for applications including combustion, detonations, electrochemical energy conversion and storage, fuel cells, batteries, aqueous electrolyte solutions, plasmas, and thin film deposition.