Building OVITO Basic on Linux

The following instructions have been written for Ubuntu Linux 16.04 or newer, or any compatible Debian-based distribution. Other Linux distributions may require slightly different build steps.

Installing dependencies

First install the required build tools and third-party libraries:

sudo apt-get install build-essential git cmake-curses-gui qt5-default libqt5svg5-dev libboost-dev \
                     libavcodec-dev libavdevice-dev libavfilter-dev libavformat-dev libavresample-dev \
                     libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libnetcdf-dev libhdf5-dev libhdf5-serial-dev libssh-dev \
                     xsltproc docbook-xml
sudo zypper install git docbook_5 libxslt-tools cmake gcc-c++ \
                     libQt5Concurrent-devel libQt5Core-devel libQt5Gui-devel libQt5Network-devel libQt5DBus-devel \
                     libQt5OpenGL-devel libQt5PrintSupport-devel libQt5Widgets-devel libQt5Xml-devel libQt5Svg-devel \
                     libavutil-devel libavresample-devel libavfilter-devel libavcodec-devel libavdevice-devel \
                     netcdf-devel libssh-devel boost-devel hdf5-devel libswscale-devel
sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install git gcc gcc-c++ cmake qt5-qtbase-devel qt5-qtsvg-devel qt5-qttools-devel \
                          boost-devel netcdf-devel hdf5-devel libssh-devel
These packages allow building only a basic version of OVITO without video encoding support and documentation. In order to build a more complete version, other dependencies must be installed manually.

Getting the source code

Download the source repository of OVITO into a new subdirectory named ovito/:

git clone

Compiling OVITO

Create a build directory and let CMake generate a Makefile:

cd ovito
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..

If this step fails, you can now run "ccmake ." to open the CMake configuration program and adjust the build options as needed.

The build OVITO:

make -j4

If this step is successful, the executable can be found in the /ovito/build/bin/ directory.