is a visualisation software package for small-molecule crystallography written by Oleg Dolomanov and Horst Puschmann of Durham University, UK. My (Jeremiah Duncan) contribution to the Olex2 project is limited to compiling the program and building debian packages. These debian packages were built on an Ubuntu 9.04, 64 bit system, and I do not make any claims that they will run on any other debian or Ubuntu systems.


To install Olex2 on an Ubuntu system:
  1. Download a "base" and the "GUI" package (below)
  2. Check your dependences (see below)
  3. In a terminal from the directory where you downloaded the packages, run the command "sudo dpkg -i olex2*deb" (without the quotes)
You should now be able to run the program with by typing "olex2"!


To ensure you have all the dependencies installed to run Olex2 (on an Ubuntu 9.04 system) execute the following command in a terminal (all on one line):
 sudo apt-get install libwxbase2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-0 python-wxgtk2.8 python2.6 python-imaging libpython2.6 zenity libc6 libgcc1 libgl1-mesa-glx libglu1-mesa libstdc++6


Package File Platform Size Date
Olex2 base olex2_1.1_Ubuntu9.04_x86_64.deb linux (Ubuntu 9.04 x86_64 9.1 MiB Sat Sep 12 2009 16:30
Olex2 GUI olex2-gui_1.0-20090710_all.deb linux (Ubuntu 9.04 no arch 5.6 MiB Sat Sep 12 2009 16:30
Olex2 source to build .deb olex2_1.1_debpack_src.tgz linux (all debian) 2.6 MiB Sat Sep 12 2009 16:30

Debian packages for other distributions/architechtures

To build a debian package for any other debian-based system, download the source package offered above and then execute the following commands in a terminal from the directory containing the tarball:
 tar -xvzf olex2_1.1_debpack_src.tgz
 cd trunk
 dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc -b

You may need to "sudo" the last command. You can also find more instructions in the README file included in the tarball.
If you do build a debian package for another system not listed here, send me the resulting package, and I will happily host it here.

Please note: published use of Olex2 should be referenced as J. Appl. Cryst. (2009). 42, 339-341.