Building OVITO on Linux
The following instructions have been written for Ubuntu Linux 22.04 and compatible distributions.
First, install the required build tools and third-party libraries as follows:
OVITO requires the Qt cross-platform framework (version 6.2 or higher). We recommend using the newest release of the Qt framework, which is available as a download from https://www.qt.io/download. Alternatively, you can use the Qt6 development files provided by the package manager of your Linux distro.
- Ubuntu / Debian:
sudo apt-get install build-essential git cmake-curses-gui qt6-base-dev libqt6svg6-dev \ libboost-dev libavcodec-dev libavdevice-dev libavfilter-dev libavformat-dev \ libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libnetcdf-dev libhdf5-dev libhdf5-serial-dev \ libglu1-mesa-dev libvulkan-dev ninja-build \ libssh-dev python3-sphinx python3-sphinx-rtd-theme
sudo zypper install git cmake gcc-c++ qt6-concurrent-devel qt6-core-devel qt6-gui-devel \ qt6-network-devel qt6-dbus-devel qt6-opengl-devel qt6-printsupport-devel \ qt6-widgets-devel qt6-xml-devel qt6-svg-devel libavutil-devel libavresample-devel \ libavfilter-devel libavcodec-devel libavdevice-devel netcdf-devel libssh-devel \ boost-devel hdf5-devel libswscale-devel ninja
# Activate the RPMfusion repository providing the ffmpeg package (optional): sudo dnf install \ https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm \ https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm sudo dnf install git cmake g++ qt6-qtbase-devel qt6-qtsvg-devel boost-devel zlib-devel ninja-build \ ffmpeg-devel netcdf-devel libssh-devel python3-sphinx python3-sphinx_rtd_theme
- RHEL / CentOS:
sudo yum install epel-release sudo yum install git gcc gcc-c++ cmake qt6-qtbase-devel qt6-qtsvg-devel qt6-qttools-devel \ boost-devel netcdf-devel hdf5-devel libssh-devel
These RHEL/CentOS packages allow building only a basic version of OVITO without video encoding support and documentation. In order to build a complete version, other dependencies must be installed manually.
Getting the source code
Download the source repository of OVITO into a new subdirectory named
git clone https://gitlab.com/stuko/ovito.git
Create a build directory and let CMake generate a Makefile:
cd ovito mkdir build cd build cmake -G Ninja -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
If this step fails, you can now run ccmake . to start up the CMake configuration program and adjust the build options as needed.
To build OVITO run:
cmake --build . --parallel
If this step is successful, the ovito executable can be found in the directory
The command cmake --build . --target documentation builds the HTML pages of the user manual (requires Sphinx Python package and Sphinx RTD theme).