VMD is a molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems using 3-D graphics and built-in scripting. VMD supports computers running MacOS X, Unix, or Windows, is distributed free of charge, and includes source code.
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Breaking News

NAMD and VMD are part of the team winning the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for high performance computing-based COVID-19 research, for the paper AI-Driven Multiscale Simulations Illuminate Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Dynamics, presented at Supercomputing 2020, Nov 18, 2020. ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize

Spotlight

VMD is capable of working with very large structures up to the limits of available memory. The 64-bit versions of VMD allow large-size and long-timescale simulation trajectories to be loaded into physical memory and accommodate large volumetric datasets. The 64 million atom HIV capsid simulation described in the May 30, 2013 issue of Nature is a first-class example of what can be done with VMD on an appropriately equipped graphics workstation. The HIV-1 model was prepared for simulation using the structure building tools and scripting features of VMD were later used for trajectory analysis. The all-atom structure of the HIV-1 capsid shown on the Nature cover was rendered within VMD using the internal Tachyon ray tracing engine, and was then composited with an artistic representation of the viral envelope and the Nature cover text.
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Overview

Molecular representations
VMD plugin library
Molecular file formats
GPU-accelerated computing
Interactive molecular dynamics
Programs that use VMD
VMD research publications
How to cite VMD
VMD citation list (24,000 as of Apr'18)

Download

Download (all versions)
VMD 1.9.3 (MacOS X, Unix, Windows)
VMD 1.9.2 (MacOS X, Unix, Windows)
VMD 1.9.1 (MacOS X, Unix, Windows)
VMD script library
License, Copyright and Disclaimer

Documentation and Support

User and installation guides
VMD-L mailing list
Publication image tutorial (YouTube)
Quick help
FAQ
Bug List

News and Announcements

NAMD and VMD part of the team winning the ACM COVID-19 Gordon Bell Prize for 2020
The Coronavirus Unveiled, VMD visualizations of SARS-CoV-2, NYT, 2020
VMD + NVIDIA Ommniverse Folding @ Home Coronavirus Movie, NVIDIA, 2020
Scalable Analysis of Authentic Viral Envelopes on FRONTERA, CiSE, 2020
Scalable molecular dynamics on CPU and GPU architectures with NAMD, JCP, 2020
VMD test builds for MacOS X 10.15 "Catalina" (April 24, 2020)
Atoms to Phenotypes: Molecular Design Principles of Cellular Energy Metabolism, Cell, 2019
An Accessible Visual Narrative for the Primary Energy Source of Life from the Fulldome Show Birth of Planet Earth: Movie | Paper
High-Performance Analysis of Biomolecular Containers to Measure Small-Molecule Transport, Transbilayer Lipid Diffusion, and Protein Cavities, JCIM, 2019
Birth of Planet Earth excerpt created using VMD selected for Siggraph Electronic Theater, Siggraph 2019
19,200 human protein structures visualized with VMD, Kresten Lindorff-Larsen
NanoShaper-VMD interface: computing and visualizing surfaces, pockets and channels in molecular systems, Bioinformatics, 2019
Past announcements

Gallery

An Accessible Visual Narrative for the Primary Energy Source of Life from the Fulldome Show Birth of Planet Earth, 1st Place Winner, SC'19 Viz. Showcase
Chromatophore VR demo (VMD + Unreal Game Engine) shown in NVIDIA booth at SC'16
Example VMD VR/3-D YouTube videos
Chemical Visualization of Human Pathogens: the Retroviral Capsids, Finalist, SC'15 Viz. Showcase
Visualization of Energy Conversion Processes in a Light Harvesting Organelle at Atomic Detail, 1st Place Winner, SC'14 Viz. Showcase
VMD movie gallery on YouTube
Gallery of Posters, Images, and Movies made with VMD
VMD running in the NanoDome at Temple University

Development

VMD User Survey Results
VMD development status and pre-release test downloads
CVS source code access
VMD Programmer's documentation