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Using pre-installed VMD

When connected via VNC or ssh -X/-Y, the commands

  [name@server ~]$ module load vmd
  [name@server ~]$ vmd

will open VMD graphical windows.

Instructions for installing version 1.9.4 Alpha

1. Download the 1.9.4 LATEST ALPHA tar file from http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/, selecting the LINUX_64 version (free registration is required).

2. Copy the file to the home directory of the cluster you wish to use.

3. Unpack the file with:

tar xvf vmd-1.9.4*.opengl.tar.gz

4. Enter the created directory by:

cd vmd-1.9.4*


mkdir ~/vmd_install
mkdir ~/vmd_library

6. edit the configure file to read

# Directory where VMD startup script is installed, should be in users' paths.
# Directory where VMD files and executables are installed

but replace your_user_name with your actual user name.

7. Run configure:


8. Run make

cd src
make install

9. Add the resulting executable to your path

export PATH=~/vmd_install:$PATH

If getting a blank window on a Mac, try:

defaults write org.macosforge.xquartz.X11 enable_iglx -bool true