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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Spotlight

"I would add that VMD (and similar tools, if they yet exist) will become a primary platform upon which to study a wide range of biological problems in the future. VMD adds a new dimension to the biologist's thinking. Certain thoughts generated in interaction with VMD images are inconceivable otherwise; the `language' essential to generating these ideas would just not be there! In other words, VMD is far from a simple `visualization tool' for a biologist, it is a true thinking tool. Without it a whole class of biological hypotheses would simply not exist."
-- Carl Woese
Other Spotlights

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 (19,000 as of Oct'16)

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

J. Physical Chemistry B, Klaus Schulten Memorial Issue, 2017
Challenges of Integrating Stochastic Dynamics and Cryo-electron Tomograms in Whole-cell Simulations, JPCB 2017
VMD 1.9.3 (MacOS X, Unix, Windows)
GPU-Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Clustering Analysis with OpenACC, Parallel Programming with OpenACC, 2016
Early Experiences Porting the NAMD and VMD Molecular Simulation and Analysis Software to GPU-Accelerated OpenPOWER Platforms, LNCS 2016
Immersive Molecular Visualization with Omnidirectional Stereoscopic Ray Tracing and Remote Rendering, HPDAV 2016
High Performance Molecular Visualization: In-Situ and Parallel Rendering with EGL, HPDAV 2016
Evaluation of Emerging Energy-Efficient Heterogeneous Computing Platforms for Biomolecular and Cellular Simulation Workloads, HCW 2016
Molecular dynamics-based refinement and validation for sub-5Å cryo-electron microscopy maps, eLife 2016
QwikMD - Integrative Molecular Dynamics Toolkit for Novices and Experts, Scientific Reports 2016
TopoGromacs: Automated Topology Conversion from CHARMM to GROMACS within VMD, JCIM 2016
Atomic Detail Visualization of Photosynthetic Membranes with GPU-Accelerated Ray Tracing, J. Par. Comp. 2016
Past announcements

Gallery

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