To install and update BioDynaMo execute the following command.

curl | bash

This will also install all prerequisites, including ROOT, ParaView and Qt5. By default the installation directory is set to $HOME/biodynamo-vX.Y.Z, where X.Y.Z is the version number.


In every new terminal execute source <installation-directory>/bin/ to use BioDynaMo, where <installation-directory> is the BioDynaMo installation directory.
To do this automatically for every shell, put this in your .bashrc or .zshrc.

Install development version

The command shown at the top of the page installs the latest BioDynaMo release including all patches for this release.

If you want to install the latest development version with all experimental features, use:

export BDM_INSTALL=master
curl | bash

Install specific version

It is also possible to install a specific BioDynaMo version. Let's assume that in a publication you read that the authors used BioDynaMo version v1.01.115-e1088d4a. To install the exact same version on your system, use the following commands.

export BDM_INSTALL=e1088d4a
curl | bash

Supported platforms

  • Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04
  • CentOS 7
  • MacOS 11.7 and 12.6 (Intel and ARM)

Currently, we do not support Windows or Windows subsystem for Linux.


If you are a developer please follow the build instructions in our Developer Guide.