Welcome to Schrödinger & PyMol
Columbia University Libraries is happy to announce the acquisition of a site license for the renowned Schrodinger suite of molecular modeling software. This download gives you access to the Small Molecule Drug Discovery suite, the Biologics suite, and the Materials Science suite.
On this page you will find instructions for software download and installation, as well as links to training videos and materials. See what you can discover!
Download & Install
Here are the steps to download and install Schrodinger software in your computer:
1. If you haven't already, please create an account with Schrodinger.com. After filling out the form, you will receive a confirmation email activating your login information.
2. Download the Suite from www.schrodinger.com/downloadcenter (you may be asked to log in with the credentials you set up in step 1)
3. Choose your desired version (usually this will be the latest available, see arrow 1 in the screenshot below)
4. Choose your operating system (see arrow 2)
5. Uncheck the KNIME Workflows box unless you know you want them (see arrow 3); otherwise this is an additional ~650 MB file that will be downloaded at the same time as the software file.
6. Click the red DOWNLOAD button. You will be taken to a page confirming your selection. Click on the provided link to start your download.
7. Once the download is finished:
Under Windows, unzip the contents of the downloaded ZIP file into a local folder (e.g. a newly created folder on the desktop) and run SETUP.EXE. Accept all default options. (You can also watch the Windows Quick Installation Guide)
Under Mac, open the DMG file and double-click the PKG file. Accept all default options. (You can also watch the Mac Quick Installation Guide)
Under Linux, watch the Linux Quick Installation Guide
8. Proceed to Configuration below before running Maestro for the first time.
Click here to obtain the license file -- the software will not run without it!
(Please note: There is a known issue in which the software does not connect to the license server when off-campus, even if using a VPN. CUIT is working to resolve this issue, but in the meantime, you will be unable to run Schrodinger on a personal computer while off-campus. Please contact email@example.com for more details and a possible workaround.)
If you are on campus and getting a license server error, it may be because you are connected to Columbia Wi-Fi. Please try a wired connection if available.
Before using the Schrödinger Suite, the client installation(s) must be configured to point to the license servers hosted in AWS. Make sure you have obtained a copy of the license_stub_columbiauniv_site.zip archive, which is referenced below as “the zip file”. Then, follow the specific instructions for your platform(s). Unless you have installed the Schrödinger Suite onto a shared filesystem (e.g. NFS on Linux), the following instructions must be executed on all client machines.
Note : it is assumed that the Schrödinger Suite has been installed prior to executing the following instructions.
- (If updating a license) Move any existing license files out of $SCHRODINGER\license\ or $SCHRODINGER\licenses\ (where $SCHRODINGER represents the installation path)
- Unzip the zip archive into C:\ProgramData\Schrodinger
- Make sure the resulting C:\ProgramData\Schrodinger\licenses directory and contents are readable by all users of Schrödinger software on the local computer
- (Advanced users) Unset the SCHROD_LICENSE_FILE environment variable if you have set it
- (If updating a license) Move any existing license files out of $SCHRODINGER/license or $SCHRODINGER/licenses/ (where $SCHRODINGER represents the installation path)
- Unzip the zip archive into /Library/Application Support/Schrodinger
- Make sure the resulting /Library/Application Support/Schrodinger/licenses directory and contents are readable by all users of Schrödinger software on the local computer
- (Advanced users) Unset the SCHROD_LICENSE_FILE environment variable if you have set it for the users of Schrödinger software
- Unzip the zip archive into $SCHRODINGER/
- Make sure the resulting $SCHRODINGER/licenses directory and contents are readable by all users of Schrödinger software
- (If updating a license) Move aside and license files at $SCHRODINGER/license (not to be confused with "licenses" from the previous step!)
- Unset the SCHROD_LICENSE_FILE environment variable if you have set it for the users of Schrödinger Software
Notes for Linux Installations: if you are sharing the SCHRODINGER installation via NFS and mounting on your Linux hosts, the above instructions for Linux affect all machines that mount that file system. This is most likely what you want, as it should make maintenance easier, but just be aware that changes to the license files on the shared filesystem will affect all NFS clients mounting that filesystem.
Training and Additional Resources
- Download software documentation, quick install guides, quick reference cards
- Check the knowledge base
- Submit support requests
- Find ready made scripts
- Python API documentation
- Watch tutorial videos
- Questions about the software or about the science? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Think you might need to employ High Performance Computing (HPC) services along with Schrodinger software? Click here to get started!
Here are the steps to download and install PyMol on your computer:
1. Click here to view a text file containing the license information for PyMol.
2. Request a software download, using the Invoice Number, User, and Password obtained from the text file in Step 1; you should receive an email with the download link within ~1 hour (if not immediately)
3. Follow the link in the message and log in with your Columbia email address; you will be taken to a page confirming your authentication (if this is your first time logging in -- see image below) or the general documentation page (if a subsequent login). You may want to bookmark this page for future access to documentation and downloads.
4. Click on 'Download the latest PyMol builds' and choose the appropriate option for your operating system (Windows/Mac/Linux, 32- or 64-bit options), and run the downloaded file.