For FORTRAN, there are two fundamental choices. Choose one option:

  • [Recommended] For FORTRAN 95 and newer, compile a static library of CoolProp and link it with FORTRAN code following the instructions here: F95 and newer
  • For FORTRAN 77 and newer, call a shared library of CoolProp using the instructions here: F77 and newer

Common Requirements

Compilation of the Fortran wrapper requires a few common wrapper pre-requisites


On linux, you need gcc and gfortran, which are easy to install using your package manager.

On windows, the most reliable mixed compilation seems to be using the gfortran/gcc combination from MinGW-w64, whose installer allows you to install different versions of GCC, typically up to the last one. Version 5.3.0 is the one used as of February 10, 2016:

>C:\>gfortran --version
GNU Fortran (x86_64-posix-seh-rev0, Built by MinGW-W64 project) 5.3.0
Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

GNU Fortran comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
You may redistribute copies of GNU Fortran
under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING

>C:\>g++ --version
g++ (x86_64-posix-seh-rev0, Built by MinGW-W64 project) 5.3.0
Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO


gfortran in GCC version 5.1 has a bug preventing to open external files (a segmentation error is prompted), which makes this version almost useless for fortran users.

On OSX, the default compiler that comes with XCode is clang, gcc and g++ at the command prompt are just aliases to clang. See for instance:

$ gcc --version
Configured with: --prefix=/Applications/ --with-gxx-include-dir=/usr/include/c++/4.2.1
Apple LLVM version 5.1 (clang-503.0.40) (based on LLVM 3.4svn)
Target: x86_64-apple-darwin13.3.0
Thread model: posix

The most reliable mixed compilation on linux seems to be with the true-gcc/g++ toolchain rather than clang+gfortran. To install gcc/g++, install gcc/g++ using homebrew with something like:

brew install gcc-4.9

where you can change 4.9 to the most up to date version. Search braumeister for the most recipe for gcc. Looks like gcc also works.


Build static library of CoolProp

On all platforms, start in root folder of recursively-cloned CoolProp repo.

  1. On linux, do:

    mkdir build && cd build
    mkdir gccstatic && cd gccstatic
    cmake --build .
  2. On Windows, the call to CMake should be done using the MinGW generator, but otherwise the procedure is the same:

    mkdir build && cd build
    mkdir gccstatic && cd gccstatic
    cmake --build .
  3. On OSX, cmake must use the true, real, gcc/g++ compiler (not clang). Thus you must do something like this to make sure that it finds the right (true) gcc/g++ (see above):

    mkdir build && cd build
    mkdir gccstatic && cd gccstatic
    cmake --build .

If you are using a different version of gcc, change the version number for g++ and gcc

This will generate the file libCoolProp.a which is a GCC static library that can be linked with GCC/GFORTRAN code. Copy this .a file into the directory with the coolprop FORTRAN example cool_fortran_bind.f90:

!Example calculates density of saturated liquid propane at 300 K:
program simple

    USE cpinterface

    implicit none

    !Initialize the variables used in the example
    double precision T, Q, dens1
    character(LEN=32) fluid, out1, n1, n2

    T = 300                  ! Temperature [K]
    Q = 0                    ! Quality [-]

    out1 = "D"//CHAR(0)      ! String with of the output Property
    n1  = "T"//CHAR(0)       ! String with of the input Property #1
    n2  = "Q"//CHAR(0)       ! String with of the input Property #2
    fluid    = "Propane"//CHAR(0)   ! String with the fluid name

    dens1 = PropsSI(out1, n1, T, n2, Q, fluid)

    Print *, dens1

end program simple

with the interface file cpinterface.f90:

        FUNCTION PropsSI (output, name1, prop1, name2, prop2, fluidname) BIND(C, NAME='PropsSI')
            use iso_c_binding
            real(C_DOUBLE) :: PropsSI
            character(KIND=c_char) :: output(*)
            character(c_char) :: name1(*)
            real(C_DOUBLE), VALUE :: prop1
            character(c_char) :: name2(*)
            real(C_DOUBLE), VALUE :: prop2
            character(kind=c_char) :: fluidname(*)

        END FUNCTION PropsSI

In order to link all the files together, do:

gfortran -c -Wall cpinterface.f90 cool_fortran_bind.f90
gcc -o main *.o libCoolProp.a -lstdc++ -ldl -lgfortran -lm

On windows, you can leave off the -ldl and also the -lm might not be required.

On OSX, you must do the linking stage with true gcc so that it finds the right standard library. Or alternatively, provide the full path to the libstdc++ static library and link with gfortran with something like:

gfortran -o main *.o libCoolProp.a /usr/lib/libstdc++.a -ldl


You MUST(!!!) put the -lstdc++ standard libary after libCoolProp.a. Same thing if you compile the fortran to object file, static library must always be at the end.


Pre-Compiled Binaries


Use the sample file example.for given by:

double precision T, Q, D, h, s
character(LEN=32) Ref,Output, Name1, Name2
double precision outVal, Prop1, Prop2

T = 285
Q = 0
D = 1250;

Output = "P"//CHAR(0)
Name1  = "T"//CHAR(0)
Prop1  = T
Name2  = "Q"//CHAR(0)
Prop2  = Q
Ref    = "R134a"//CHAR(0)
outval = 9999999

write(*,*) "Saturation pressure for R134a: "
call propssi(Output, Name1, Prop1, Name2, Prop2, Ref, outVal)
write(*,*) "Result was: ", outVal/1e5, " bar"
write(*,*) "-----------------------------------------------"

end program

Place the shared library and the sample file in the same directory.

On linux, build and run the example.for file with:

gfortran -g -o example example.for -L. -lCoolProp

On windows, the current folder is always searched for DLL, so you can just do:

gfortran -g -o example example.for -L. -lCoolProp