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I'm a student of chemistry and I'd like a piece of software to visualise molecules. I've heard of 'jmol', but I can't get it installed.

I've downloaded Jmol-12.1.16-full.tar.gz, what do I need to do with it?

Thank you,


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You can just extract the files and run Jmol.jar – Pavlos G. Jan 11 '11 at 13:54

Jmol requires Java 1.4+, so make sure you have an Java Runtime.

sudo apt-get install default-jre

Now we need to extract the Jmol archive you downloaded.

The instructions are, (go to the folder you downloaded):

tar -xvzf Jmol-12.1.16-full.tar.gz
cd jmol-12.1.16/
chmod +x

To make it easier (make a shortcut) and put the location of the file.

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If you go to Jmol's wiki, there is a section entitled "Installing Jmol" with instructions.

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