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PyMOL is a molecular visualization system. Please note that only the open-source version of PyMOL is available in the Department.

Instructions for users: 

On managed Linux workstations this is available as standard, just type pymol. The system version is not compatible with Anaconda so if you use Anaconda be sure to unload it before starting pymol.

On managed Windows workstations you may need to install the package via WPKG. If you are the registered user of the machine you want the package installing on, or are the group computer rep, you can select it for installation automatically at .

The program may very well segfault on startup if it doesn't like your computer's video drivers. If this happens please get in touch with to see what can be done about it (or use different visualisation software!)


Unlike the program code, the documentation is not free. However there's quite a lot of stuff on the pymol wiki that might help.

Admin notes: 

Part of the distro on Ubuntu, presumbly compiled by Ubuntu.

There are binary releases available for pymol from but they require paid licences for full functionality.

pymol is very picky about video drivers.

To test it I usually just run some examples off the wiki. At the time of writing there is a tutorial at that suffices.

System status 

System monitoring page

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