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How to install Pymol on a Mac

If you fall into the category of a student/instructor, this educational version of pymol is for you:

Otherwise, the following steps detail how to get the open source version up and running

1  Install the XCode comand-line tools

If you haven’t already installed XCode, run this from the terminal by copying & pasting:
xcode-select --install

2  Install the "Homebrew" package manager

Install the “homebrew” package manager by copying & pasting the following terminal command:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)”

3  Install Some Pymol Dependencies

Again copy & paste these to the terminal prompt one at a time:
brew install Caskroom/cask/xquartz
brew install tcl-tk --with-threads --with-x11
brew install python --with-tcl-tk

4  Install and run the Pymol Package

Again from the command line:
brew install homebrew/science/pymol

Finally, launch pymol from the command line by typing
pymol -M

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