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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VMD is frequently used to make figures and illustrations that grace the cover pages of textbooks and journals. The cover image on the August 2008 issue of Science by Klein and Shinoda demonstrates the use of VMD for visualization of large coarse-grain molecular dynamics trajectories. The image illustrates a simulation of a vesicle interacting with a lipid bilayer, with over 1 million coarse-grained interaction sites, equivalent to over 10 million atoms. Read more about their work here.
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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, (15,660 as of Jul'15)


Download (all versions)
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
Quick help
VMD-L mailing list
Bug List

News and Announcements

Chemical Visualization of Human Pathogens: the Retroviral Capsids, SC'15 Viz. Showcase Finalist (YouTube)
VMD and NAMD at Supercomputing 2015
VMD 1.9.2 image making tutorial video (YouTube)
Multilevel Summation Method for Electrostatic Force Evaluation, JCTC
Updated Gromacs plugins for VMD 1.9.2
VMD 1.9.2 Released
HPC's Future Lies in Remote Visualization
Visualization of Energy Conversion Processes in a Light Harvesting Organelle at Atomic Detail, SC'14
Petascale Tcl with NAMD, VMD, and Swift/T, HPTCDL'14
GPU-Accelerated Analysis and Visualization of Large Structures Solved by Molecular Dynamics Flexible Fitting, FD169, 2014.
Methodologies for the Analysis of Instantaneous Lipid Diffusion in MD Simulations of Large Membrane Systems, FD169, 2014.
GPU-accelerated molecular visualization on petascale supercomputing platforms, UltraVis'13
Early Experiences Scaling VMD Molecular Visualization and Analysis Jobs on Blue Waters, Proc. XSCALE, 2013.
Past announcements


Winning SC'14 chromatophore light harvesting visualization
VMD movie gallery on YouTube
Gallery of Posters, Images, and Movies made with VMD
VMD running in the NanoDome at Temple University


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