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VMD (Visual Molecular Dynamics) is a molecular visualization and analysis program designed to be easy to use and modify. It uses GL or OpenGL and can be compiled with Mesa. VMD is designed for the visualization and analysis of biological systems such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipid bilayer assemblies, etc. It may be used to view more general molecules, as VMD can read standard Protein Data Bank (PDB) files and display the contained structure. VMD provides a wide variety of methods for rendering and coloring a molecule: simple points and lines, CPK spheres and cylinders, licorice bonds, backbone tubes and ribbons, cartoon drawings, and others. It can also be used to animate and analyze the trajectory of a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation.

Current Version:   1.6

License Type:   Free for Non-Commercial Use

Home Site:

Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   Yes (compressed tar files)

Targeted Platforms:

Full source code and binaries for SGIs (running IRIX 5.X and 6.x), HPs (running HP-UX 9 and 10), Sun Solaris, RedHat Linux 5.0, Win 95/98/NT are included in the distribution.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

OpenGL or Mesa

Other Links: (FTP site)

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:

VMD-L mailing list

User Comments:

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