OVITO is a scientific visualization and analysis software for atomistic and particle simulation data. It helps scientists gain better insights into materials phenomena and physical processes.

OVITO is being developed by Alexander Stukowski at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. The program is Open Source and freely available for all major platforms. It has served in a growing number of computational simulation studies as a useful tool to analyze, understand, and illustrate simulation results.

Further information

OVITO on the cover of Nature

Cover of Nature issueWe have recently published a molecular dynamics simulation study in the journal Nature. OVITO has played a vital role in this work, and the program also helped me produce the cover image for the issue which was selected by the editors (shown on the right). The DXA function of OVITO was used to extract the network of dislocation line defects from the simulated metallic crystal.


Zepeda-Ruiz, Stukowski, Oppelstrup, Bulatov: Probing the limits of metal plasticity with molecular dynamics simulations, Nature 550, 492–495 

Cover of 26 October 2017 issue of Nature 

Job opening

The OVITO project is seeking a scientist/developer/entrepreneur to support the further development of the software itself as well as a sustainable funding strategy for the future. The full-time position is available for 3 years at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Note that the job posting is only available in German and addresses candidates based in Germany.