PyMOL is computer software, a molecular visualization system created by Warren Lyford DeLano. It is user-sponsored, open-source software, released under the Python License. It was commercialized initially by DeLano Scientific LLC, which was a private software company dedicated to creating useful tools that become universally accessible to scientific and educational communities. It is currently commercialized by Schrödinger, Inc. PyMOL can produce high-quality 3D images of small molecules and biological macromolecules, such as proteins. According to the original author, by 2009, almost a quarter of all published images of 3D protein structures in the scientific literature were made using PyMOL.

    PyMOL is one of a few open-source model visualization tools available for use in structural biology. The Py part of the software's name refers to that it extends, and is extensible by, the programming language Python.

    PyMOL uses OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library (GLEW) and FreeGLUT, and can solve Poisson–Boltzmann equations using the Adaptive Poisson Boltzmann Solver. PyMOL used Tk for the GUI widgets and had native Aqua binaries for macOS through Schrödinger, which were replaced with a PyQt user interface on all platforms with the release of version 2.0.


    PyMOL (version 2.1.1) for Windows-x86_64  


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