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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 provided via the environment module system. Run module load vmd to load the latest available version, or module av vmd to see all available versions. Once you have loaded a suitable module you can run the vmd command,


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/1.9.3/64/lib/doc/ug.pdf on the managed Linux workstations. 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.

System status 

System monitoring page

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