OVITO is a scientific data visualization and analysis software for molecular and other particle-based simulation models, which are commonly used in computational materials science and engineering, physics, and chemistry disciplines. The software has served as a valuable tool in over 11,000 research publications.

OVITO is a 3d graphics desktop application for Windows, Linux, and macOS. The software is being developed, distributed, and supported by OVITO GmbH, a German software company founded by the original developer of OVITO, Dr. Alexander Stukowski, and other team members. The ecosystem includes the OVITO Python module, which is also available as a standalone product free of charge.

The first public release of OVITO dates back to 2009, when the software had been developed as a byproduct of a Ph.D. project at the Materials Science Department of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Over many years, OVITO remained an academic open-source project, kept alive purely on the basis of voluntary work.

As an important step to secure the long-term availability of OVITO for the scientific community, Dr. Stukowski and Dr. Kalcher founded the company OVITO GmbH in 2020. This entity’s long-term mission is to secure software development, professional maintenance, and user support through financial contributions (license fees) from OVITO users.

For more information about OVITO, please check out this user manual or visit the official website, www.ovito.org.