Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. It is cross-platform, running on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux/Unix systems.

What Jmol can do:

  • Free, open-source software licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License
  • Applet, Application, and Systems Integration Component
    • The JmolApplet is a web browser applet that can be
      integrated into web pages. It is ideal for development
      of web-based courseware and web-accessible
      chemical databases. The JmolApplet provides an upgrade path
      for users of the Chime plug-in.
    • The Jmol application is a standalone Java application
      that runs on the desktop.
    • The JmolViewer can be integrated as a component into other Java applications.
  • Cross-platform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Unix
  • Supports all major web browsers
  • High-performance 3D rendering with no hardware requirements
  • Accepts many file formats
  • Animations, Vibrations, Surfaces, Orbitals
  • Support for unit cell and symmetry operations
  • Schematic shapes for secondary structures in biomolecules
  • Measurements: distance, angle, torsion angle
  • Support for RasMol/Chime scripting language
  • JavaScript support library
  • Exports to jpg, png, gif, ppm, pdf, POV-Ray, Gaussian, Maya, vrml, x3d, idtf, web page