Getting APBS

Note

Before you begin! APBS funding is dependent on your help for continued development and support. Please register before using the software so we can accurately report the number of users to our funding agencies.

Web servers

Most functionality is available through our online web servers.

The web server offers a simple way to use both APBS and PDB2PQR without the need to download and install additional programs.

After registering, please visit http://server.poissonboltzmann.org/ to access the web server.

Installing from pre-compiled binaries

The best way to install APBS is via download of a pre-compiled binary from SourceForge or GitHub releases (after registering, of course).

Caution

On Windows 10, if you get a popup error when running the APBS binaries, you will need to install the Visual C++ Redistributable Package

What’s in the box?

The binary distributions typically provide the following contents:

bin
contains the main APBS executable
share/apbs
contains additional APBS-related files
doc
the APBS programmer guide
examples
APBS examples
tests
the APBS test suite
tools
useful programs to help process APBS input and output
include
header files for building software that calls APBS
lib
libraries for building software that calls APBS

Installing from source code

Those who enjoy an adventure can download the source code from GitHub releases and install from source code following the directions at the link below:

Current platform support

OS PYTHON VERSION GEOFLOW BEM, NanoShaper FETK PBSAM PBAM PYTHON SUPPORT SHARED_LIBS
Ubuntu 3.7+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MacOSX 3.7+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 10 3.7+ Yes Yes No No Yes No No