I've been using our lab's code MCMD on my Raspberry Pi for fun and exploratory purposes. I'm trying to find a VMD, Avogadro, Ovito, or other equivalent that is usable on Raspberry Pi, e.g. to view .xyz or .pdb molecular dynamics trajectories, or simply single-state structures. I have found none so far; I'm using Raspbian OS.

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    $\begingroup$ When I tried first RPi long time ago I swear it was as easy as apt-get install openbabel avogadro pymol jmol rasmol (there might be some extra packages you need to install), but I never really used it due to miserable performance and constant issues due to ARM CPU. Also, isn't it Raspbian?:) $\endgroup$
    – andselisk
    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ Avogadro should be available from the raspbian repos: sudo apt-get install avogadro. $\endgroup$
    – Feodoran
    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:33
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    $\begingroup$ To search what packages are available for Raspbian: raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/1179/… $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2018 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ very nice, ty all. $\endgroup$
    – khaverim
    Jan 6, 2018 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ vmd has "support" for arm64 archetechtures, now, though not for raspberry pi. all of the config options, will set CUDA, which you will not have. I have been trying it this weekend, but it seems to fail at every turn, and there is no documentation of anyone getting VMD to work, yet. I think I came close, in a method of rewriting the installation, makefiles, config scripts, and startup scripts. VMD is kinda spaghetti code. I cant get it running on any ARM based machine, but there is code in the source files for that. $\endgroup$
    – j0h
    Jan 3, 2021 at 22:23


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