Binary program packages for Linux, Windows, and macOS can be downloaded from

Note that OVITO uses OpenGL to render three-dimensional graphics and thus requires a computer with modern graphics hardware supporting the OpenGL standard (at least version 2.1; version 3.2 or higher recommended). Older graphics drivers might not fully support modern OpenGL specifications and may therefore lead to problems when running OVITO. It is recommended that you install the latest version of the graphics driver provided by your hardware vendor prior to running OVITO.


Extract the downloaded .tar.xz archive using the tar command, e.g.: tar xJfv ovito-3.0.0-x86_64.tar.xz. This will create a new subdirectory containing the program package. Change into the new directory and start OVITO by running the executable ./bin/ovito.


Run the installer program ovito-x.y.z-win64.exe to install OVITO in a directory of your choice. Windows might ask whether you really want to launch the program, because it was downloaded from the web and is not digitally signed.


Double-click the .dmg disk image file downloaded from the OVITO website to open it, agree to the program license, and drag the Ovito application bundle into your Applications folder. Then start OVITO by double-clicking the application bundle.


If you run into any problems during the installation of OVITO, please contact us through the support forum on our website We will be happy to help you.

Building from source

Large parts of OVITO (Basic) are available under an Open Source license and you can download the source code of OVITO to build the program yourself, for example to develop new plugin functions for OVITO. See the developers section for build instructions.