Lesson 0 – Download and install VMD

VMD (Visual Molecular Dynamics) is a very useful visualization software for molecular structures, available for Windows, MacOS and Linux based systems.

To download and install it follow the next steps, it’s very simple!


0 – Read the Copyright and Disclaimer: here:http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/vmd/current/ig/node4.html


1 – Choose your OS:

Go to the following page: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Development/Download/download.cgi?PackageName=VMD and choose your OS package of the latest version of VMD (1.9.2 current version)


2 – Registration:

Register to the following page (choose a username and password) , then log in and accept the Terms of the License


3- Download and proceed with the installation:

The download should start automatically.


Windows: when the download is finished the installation should start automatically.


MacOS: open the VMD disk image and drag the application in the destination folder


Linux: move the dowloaded .tar to the folder where you want to install vmd:

mv archive.tar /path-to-folder

#Untar the folder and move into it:

tar -xvf archive.tar

cd vmd***

#Create the Makefile with the command:


#Then move into the src directory and run make:

cd src/

make install

Done! Now you have VMD installed on your computer. To run it:


For Windows and MacOS users: double click on the icon

For Linux users: VMD should be alredy in your PATH; to run it just type:


in your terminal.

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Andrea Di Luca