Supported Applications


  • Description

    a next-generation molecular visualization program, following UCSF Chimera. Compared to Chimera, ChimeraX has improved graphics (e.g. interactive ambient shadows); faster handling of large structures (millions of atoms); and a more modern, single-window user interface. ChimeraX will have documented programming interfaces and an easy-to-use “Tool Shed” web repository of extensions.

  • Usage Notes

    This ChimeraX alpha release is not currently available for CentOS 6 linux.

  • Installation

    Use the following command to install this title with the CLI client: $ sbgrid-cli install chimerax Copy to clipboard
  • Primary Citation*

    T. D. Goddard, C. C. Huang, E. C. Meng, E. F. Pettersen, G. S. Couch, J. H. Morris, and T. E. Ferrin. 2018. UCSF ChimeraX: Meeting modern challenges in visualization and analysis. Protein Science. 27(1): 14-25.

    • *Full citation information available through

  • Citation Note

    Acknowledge ChimeraX with: "Molecular graphics and analyses performed with UCSF ChimeraX, 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 ChimeraX home page.
  • Webinars

    Topic: Making Augmented Reality Videos with ChimeraX
    Presenter: Tom Goddard, University of California, San Francisco, Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics

    The Zoom recording of this presentation is pretty choppy. We recommend you also check out the video Tom recorded and posted on his own channel here: https://youtu.be/dKNbRRRFhqY

    Slides from talk available at https://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimerax/data/sbgrid-july2020/

    Host: Pete Meyer
    Recorded on July 7, 2020

    Topic: Movie Making for cryoEM using ChimeraX
    Presenter: Tom Goddard, Programmer/Analyst, UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics

    Hosted by Pete Meyer
    Recorded on April 11, 2017

  • Keywords

    Structure Visualization & Analysis

  • Default Versions

    Linux 64:  1.1.1
    OS X INTEL:  1.1.1

  • Other Versions

      Linux 64:

      1.2.4-rc-2021.05.14_c8, 1.2.4-rc-2021.05.14_c7, 1.0, 0.93
    • OS X INTEL:

      1.2.4-rc-2021.05.14, 1.0, 0.93
  • Developers

    Conrad Huang, Elaine Meng, Eric Pettersen, Greg Couch, John Morris, Thomas Ferrin, Thomas Goddard