OVITO is made available free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Please cite OVITO when you publish any results obtained with it.

Program packages

Operating system Current stable release (27-Jul-17) Development build (06-Jul-19) Info
Linux Download OVITO 2.9.0 OVITO 3.0.0-dev422
Windows Download OVITO 2.9.0 (installer | zip archive) OVITO 3.0.0-dev419 (installer | zip archive)
macOS Download OVITO 2.9.0 OVITO 3.0.0-dev422
Documentation User manual | Scripting reference User manual | Scripting reference | Installation instructions


To learn what is new after upgrading from an older version, see the version history. Previous versions of OVITO are still available for download here. Further installation instructions are given in the manual. The ZIP download package for Windows requires the Visual C++ runtime libraries to be installed on the system.

System Requirements

Supported platforms:

  • Windows Vista/7/8/10
  • Linux (Kernel 2.6.32 or newer)
  • MacOS X 10.8 or newer

OVITO requires OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Please make sure that you have the newest graphics driver installed. Note that the default Microsoft driver installed with Windows does not support OpenGL. Please install your hardware vendor's graphics driver instead for best compatibility and performance.

Note to users of RHEL and similar Linux distributions:

In case program startup fails with the error message "ovito: /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6: version `CXXABI_1.3.8' not found", please download this version of libstdc++.so and copy the two .so files to the lib/ovito/ subdirectory of the OVITO installation. They are required, because the existing version of libstdc++ on your system is not compatible with the OVITO binary.

Source code

The source code of OVITO is hosted on GitLab.com. Please see the manual for build instructions.