What is AutoDock?

    AutoDock is a suite of automated docking tools. It is designed to predict how small molecules, such as substrates or drug candidates, bind to a receptor of known 3D structure.

    Current distributions of AutoDock consist of two generations of software: AutoDock 4 and AutoDock Vina.

    AutoDock 4 actually consists of two main programs: autodock performs the docking of the ligand to a set of grids describing the target protein; autogrid pre-calculates these grids.

    In addition to using them for docking, the atomic affinity grids can be visualised. This can help, for example, to guide organic synthetic chemists design better binders.

    AutoDock Vina does not require choosing atom types and pre-calculating grid maps for them. Instead, it calculates the grids internally, for the atom types that are needed, and it does this virtually instantly.

    We have also developed a graphical user interface called AutoDockTools, or ADT for short, which amongst other things helps to set up which bonds will treated as rotatable in the ligand and to analyze dockings.

    AutoDock has applications in:
    • X-ray crystallography;
    • structure-based drug design;
    • lead optimization;
    • virtual screening (HTS);
    • combinatorial library design;
    • protein-protein docking;
    • chemical mechanism studies.

    AutoDock 4 is free and is available under the GNU General Public License. AutoDock Vina is available under the Apache license, allowing commercial and non-commercial use and redistribution. Click on the "Downloads" tab. And Happy Docking!


    AutoDock Vina for Windows 
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    AutoDock Suite (stable version 4.2.6) for Windows
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    MGLTools is a software suite developed at the Molecular Graphics Laboratory (MGL) of The Scripps Research Institute for visualization and analysis of molecular structures. MGLTools suite consists of several importance software like AutoDockTools that is the graphical front-end for setting up and running AutoDock - an automated docking software designed to predict how small molecules, such as substrates or drug candidates, bind to a receptor of known 3D structure. 


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