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VMD is a molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems using 3-D graphics and built-in scripting.


All managed Linux workstations, some of the compute clusters, managed Windows workstations via WPKG.

Instructions for users: 


VMD is installed on the on the workstation image in /usr/local/shared/vmd/version/bin. There are multiple versions controlled by modules but one of them should be loaded by default, so just type vmd to start it.


VMD needs to be assigned for installation via WPKG. Once installed, it will appear in the Start menu.

Licence Details: 

The full licence may be found at The software installed in the Theory sector may be freely used for academic and research purposes. A binary-only version is currently installed.

The licence includes the following:

  The user agrees that any reports or published results obtained with    the Software will acknowledge its use by the appropriate citation as    follows:   "VMD was developed by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group   in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."   Any published work which utilizes VMD shall include the following  reference:  "Humphrey, W., Dalke, A. and Schulten, K., `VMD -Visual Molecular     Dynamics', J. Molecular Graphics, 1996, vol. 14, pp. 33-38."  

There is PDF documentation supplied with the program. It is in /usr/local/shared/vmd//doc on the SuSE image. There is also a lot of documentation on the website, which can be accessed from the Help menu in VMD.

Admin notes: 

Binary-only versions installed because a very large amount of supporting software was needed to compile the source. The authors recommend the binary version.

Different versions have bugs, and different people prefer different bugs, hence we keep a few different versions around.

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