Installing the SBGrid software collection

Installing the software

The SBGrid Software Suite contains 440+ Scientific software applications for Linux and OS X.

The software can be installed using one of 3 methods:

Site installation

A script-based installation that includes the complete software collection for Linux and/or MacOS.

This is ideal for large labs, shared and departmental installations that use a shared network file storage for their programs. The installation is updated automatically on a monthly basis. This installation is large and can take a long time to install and update.

Graphical installation for MacOS

A Graphical stand-alone installation manager for MacOS

The MacOS GUI installation manager allows users to select the applications they need when they need them through a MacOS-native graphical application. Applications are updated on a rolling basis and are available to the user at their convenience. Updates are reported when available, but are managed by the user.

Command line installation manager for Linux and MacOS

Command line installation using the SBGrid package managager program for Linux and MacOS

The SBGrid CLI tool allows users to choose the titles they wish to install using a command-line driven package manager. Applications can be installed and updated as convenient. Updates are released on a rolling basis and can be installed by the user as necessary. This program can be made automatic or used in manual mode.

Member labs may use any/all of the installation types above for as many Computers as they require.

Supported Operating Systems

The SBGrid Software Suite can run on Linux and macOS/OS X machines.


We build and test software under 64-bit CentOS 7. The majority of our Linux users are using the Red Hat / CentOS / Scientific Linux / Fedora distributions. We also have labs using the software with Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuSE. We don't explicitly test the software on these distributions, but it is known to work. We will work to resolve problems reported by users of these Linux distributions.

We officially support the two most recent releases of Red Hat/CentOS/Scientific Linux (currently 7 and 8). Only 64-bit versions of linux are supported (though 32-bit software is included in the collection). As of January 2015, we are no longer updating the 32-bit software branch, though we will work to resolve reported problems. We also have a library of IRIX and PowerPC software. If those titles are needed, make a request at

Currently Supported:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x and 8.x and the community supported versions: CentOS and Scientific Linux.
  • We are no longer building software for RHEL 5.x or 6.x, but compatible applications will remain in the software tree. We will respond to support requests for these and we will resolve problems where possible.

OS X Intel

We build and test the programs under the most five most recent OS X releases.

Currently Supported:

  • OS X Intel 10.13 - 10.15
  • As above with earlier versions of linux, there are many software applications that are fully functional on earlier versions of MacOSX in the SBGrid tree. We work to maintain an environment compatible with these OS versions, though they may not receive the latest applications.
  • "Apple Silicon" macs can run most of the software in the collection on macOS 11 "Big Sur. Few native applications are currently available, but most software works in our early testing.