To install BioDynaMo for the first time execute the following commands. The installation will also install all required packages including ParaView, ROOT and Qt5.

git clone
cd biodynamo


1. In every new terminal execute source <path-to-bdm-installation>/bin/ to use BioDynaMo!
2. It is also possible to use BioDynaMo without running make install. You will just need to source from the build directory: `source <path-to-bdm-build-dir>/bin/`
3. BioDynaMo uses a customized version of ParaView. Therefore, you should not install ParaView separately.

Update Installation

The following commands update your BioDynaMo installation:

cd path/to/biodynamo
# make sure you are on the master branch
git checkout master
# get latest changes
git pull origin master

Supported platforms

  • Ubuntu 16.04 (recommended), 18.04
  • CentOS 7 (latest)
  • Mac OSX