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Ubuntu 16.04 image software

This is the definitive list of packages available on the Ubuntu 16.04 standard image. We will make sure all of these are installed, although some require loading an environment module before you can use them. One such environment module package is Anaconda, a free, easy-to-install package manager, environment manager and Python distribution with a collection of 1,000+ open source packages with free community support.

Unless they are specially marked, the list of Ubuntu 16.04 software and the environment module packages, are 'supported software' which means that they get a high priority for fixing. Where possible we test they work before rolling out the image and we may do local configuration to make them easier to use. Everything else you may find on the image is unsupported. We will try to fix problems with it where we can but the amount of time we can spend on it is limited and the priority for fixing may be low. If you want to add a package to the supported list please ask.

There are some packages we support but intend to drop support for in future, perhaps because there is a better alternative. Those are marked as deprecated.

If you want to install extra packages please see the appropriate section of the FAQ.

Can't find what you need? Different software packages are available for other types of managed machine. A listing of all of our available software packages, including those for the Windows and Mac machines, is available at this page.





  • Unity
  • KDE (unsupported)
  • fvwm (unsupported)
  • Gnome (unsupported)


  • emacs (v24)
  • nedit
  • pico
  • vim
  • xemacs21
  • gedit


  • Alpine (replaces Pine)
  • Evolution (configured for Exchange Online users)
  • Thunderbird


  • Microsoft core fonts
  • terminus-font


  • dia
  • the GIMP
  • Inkspace
  • netpbm (Collection of image manipulation tools)
  • tgif
  • xfig


  • Eclipse 3.8 with Subclipse plugin




Maths Libraries

MPI Libraries

  • OpenMPI 1.6.5 for GNU, Intel and PGI compilers
  • MPICH 3.0.4 for GNU, Intel and PGI compilers


  • Mplayer/mencoder (Movie player/encoder)
  • Rhythmbox (music player)
  • xmms2 (music player)
  • gxmms2 (GNOME front-end for xmms2)
  • VLC


  • gFTP
  • Skype 4.2
  • OpenSSH (usage notes)
  • rdesktop
  • Remmina remote desktop client (replaces rdesktop and VNC clients)
  • sshfs


  • LibreOffice 3




  • bash
  • tcsh (deprecated, use bash)
  • ksh (deprecated, use bash)
  • IPython


  • bison 3 and 2.3
  • xwrits (Typing interruption software for RSI sufferers)
  • xxdiff (Graphical diff utility)
  • maven2 (Software build tool)
  • meld (three-way graphical diff)
  • tmux
  • valgrind 3.9
  • Xconv (file conversion software)

Version Control



  • Virtualbox


Web browsers

  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • lynx
  • w3m

Restricted Access

Restricted access means that a licence is needed in order to use the software. Usually if you have a licence we can then make the software available. Some of these licences cost money, others require no money but you must sign an agreement before using the software. More details are available by clicking on the link for the package.

System status 

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