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128. How do I install PyMOL?

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PyMOL is computer software, a molecular visualization system created by Warren Lyford DeLano.
Read about PyMOL at Wikipedia.

Commercial version

First option is to buy the commercial version. Read the PyMOL - Academic and Non-Profit Price List. The current price at 2018 is 99 USD/year.

Open source version

The source code is available (not all features but usually good enough). You can download the source and install your self.

There are prepackaged solutions, either with prebuilt binaries or from source.

  1. Linux install
  2. macOS install
  3. Windows install

Status of PyMOL on macOS

For macOS we have tried (at 2018-03-28) the MacPorts, Homebrew and Fink distributions of PyMOL. Only PyMOL in Fink works. The MacPorts and Homebrew distributions of PyMOL are broken. This may change.

Other software

Also take a look at UCSF Chimera or read about UCFS Chimear on Wikipedia.

UCSF Chimera (or simply Chimera) is an extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles.


This entry pymol was last modified 2018-03-29


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