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  • Description

    a highly extensible, interactive molecular graphics program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, supramolecular assemblies, sequence alignments, docking results, trajectories, and conformational ensembles. It is often a tool of choice for rendering EM volumes.

  • Usage

    To list all executables provided by Chimera, run: $ sbgrid-list chimera Copy to clipboard
  • Installation

    Use the following command to install this title with the CLI client: $ sbgrid-cli install chimera Copy to clipboard Available operating systems: Linux 64, OS X INTEL
  • Primary Citation*

    E. Pettersen, T. Goddard, C. Huang, G. Couch, D. Greenblatt, E. Meng, and T. Ferrin. 2004. UCSF Chimera--a visualization system for exploratory research and analysis. J Comput Chem. 25(13): 1605-1612.

    • *Full citation information available through

  • Citation Note

    Acknowledge Chimera with: "Molecular graphics and analyses were performed with the UCSF Chimera package. Chimera is developed by the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics at the University of California, San Francisco (supported by NIGMS P41-GM103311)." You may also cite the Chimera home page and the other citations listed (please use the AppCiter button).
  • Tales

    Wire Models, Wired

    Wire Models, Wired

    The molecular graphics software called Chimera, written and supported by a team of scientists in Tom Ferrin’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been cited over 7000 times and helps biologists and drug developers visualize molecules and biological structures in 3D at various resolutions. The tool has a personal history that traces back to 1994, and an ancestral history that stretches nearly four full decades earlier, to a London lab in 1955 and a man named Robert Langridge, also known as the pioneer of molecular graphics.

    Bob Langridge Bob Langridge. Photo by Christopher Springmann, 1985.

    Though computation has changed almost indescribably since the middle of the 20th century, Ferrin faces some of the same challenges Langridge faced, such as how to work with data sets that …

    Read the full story here.
  • Webinars

    UCSF Chimera

    Topic: Analyzing Molecular Assemblies with UCSF Chimera"
    Presenter: Tom Goddard, Programmer/Analyst, Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics, UCSF

    Host: Jason Key
    Recordeed on February 7, 2013

  • Keywords

    Drug Discovery, Electron Microscopy, Protein-Ligand Docking, Visualization

  • Default Versions

    Linux 64:  1.17.2 (508.1 MB)
    OS X INTEL:  1.17.1 (1.4 GB)

  • Other Versions

      Linux 64:

      1.14 (519.5 MB) , 1.15 (509.5 MB) , 1.8.1 (369.7 MB)
    • OS X INTEL:

      1.14 (483.6 MB) , 1.15 (490.2 MB) , 1.17.1_sig (1.4 GB) , 1.8.1 (324.6 MB)
  • Developers

    Conrad Huang, Eric Pettersen, Greg Couch, Thomas Ferrin, Thomas Goddard