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PyMOL is a molecular visualization system on an open source foundation, maintained and distributed by Schrodinger.

License Coverage

This license allows all researchers, faculty, staff and students to install this product on university-owned computers. PyMOL is also available in vLabs.

Software Download

1. For Windows
  • Download PyMOL for Windows XP or above
  • Installation instructions
    • After downloading the .msi file, double click to launch.
    • Answer questions asked or clicker Next as appropriate to complete the installation.
    • Launch the program by selecting PyMOL from All Programs in the Start menu
2. For Mac
  • Download PyMOL for Mac OS X 10.8 or above
  • Download PyMOL for Mac alternative X11-only build (OS X 10.9 or above)
    • Note: X11 is a standard framework for creating applications with a graphical user interface on Unix-like operating system. X11 is no longer included with OS X, but X11 server and client libraries for OS X are available from the XQuartz project:
  • Installation Instructions:
    • Double-click the MacPyMOL.dmg installer to open.
    • Drag the MacPyMOL icon to the Applications icon. MacPyMOL is now installed.
    • You can now start MacPyMOL by clicking on the MacPyMOL icon in the Applications folder.
3. For Linux
  • Download PyMOL for Linux glibc 2.3.4
  • Installation Instructions:
    • Extract the archive:
      tar -jxf pymol-v1.8.0.4-Linux-x86_64.tar to create a pymol directory.
    • Run the setup script from within the new directory:
      cd pymol
      ./ to create a pymol launch script.
    • Launch by running the newly created script.

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Technical Support

For technical support, please email for further assistance.