The selective growth of GaAs by HVPE was studied on (001), (110), (111)Ga and (111)As, GaAs patterned substrates by varying the I1I/V ratio. A kinetic modelling of the growth was developed, based upon the SEM observations of the growth morphologies as well as on experimental curve synthesis. The growth rate is written as a function of the diffusion fluxes of the adsorbed AsGa and AsGaCI molecules and takes into account the chlorine desorption by H2. 1.5 μm thick GaAs films were then fabricated on Si (001) by a confined epitaxial lateral overgrowth technique. These conformal films exhibit intense and uniform luminescence signals, showing that the dislocation densities of GaAs are lower than 105 cm−2. SEM analyses reveal that conformal growth fronts consist in (110) and (111)As A planes under the III/V ratios (superior to 1) which were tested.