UCSF Chimera

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UCSF Chimera is a highly extensible program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles .

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  1. Download the file chimera-1.2422-linux.exe from the download location given above
    Note: You need to accept the License agreement to download
  2. Chimera can be installed with or without root privileges. In the latter case, it will be accessible only for the user who installed it.
  3. To install as root user

    • Open a terminal
    • Change into the directory containing the downloaded file (chimera-1.2422-linux.exe)
    • Run the Installer


    • The installation program prompts for the installation location. Leave the default (/usr/local/chimera)

    • The program will now be installed. A shortcut can be created for convenience

      cd /usr/local/bin
      ln -s /usr/local/chimera/bin/chimera chimera

  4. To install as a normal user
    Follow the same procedure, except for the installation location. For this, specify a directory under your HOME (ex: /home/username/chimera). Chimera can be run by using /home/username/chimera/bin/chimera or a link can be created in the user's bin directory
    mkdir ~/bin
    cd ~/bin
    ln -s /home/username/chimera/bin/chimera chimera


  • Same as above


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Chimera can be run using the command chimera


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