This page provides an overview of software used by our group. Detailed descriptions of simulation codes and other python codes (i.e., fireworks, atomate) are on following pages in this section.
We contribute to and maintain many Python packages. Many of these can be found under the materialsproject organization on GitHub:
Additional software used by many members of our group include:
- Ovito - Molecular visualization software especially good for molecular dynamics trajectories. We have a group license for the pro version. If you feel you'll be actively using OVITO Pro, please contact Qian Chen for the group license key.
If you are a Windows user, consider making use of the following:
To learn how to use the software stack, you can consult the documentation of the individual codebases as well as review the following resources:
If you have a specific question, sometimes the easiest solution is to post it to the Slack group and crowdsource the answer!
If you have problems with software, and in particular the software maintained by our group and our collaborators, you should contact the appropriate help group. The documentation for the software will list what that channel is; if not, try the Github Issues page. If you are reaching out for help, try to provide everything needed to quickly reproduce and debug the problem (files, test code, etc).
Two other ways to get software help that are more self-guided are:
- If you are having trouble using a particular class or function, look for unit tests within the code, which often demonstrate how to use the class or function
- If the class or function has a unique name (e.g., MaterialsProjectCompatibility), another option is to both Google and search on github.com for the particular class/function. The github.com search will often reveal code snippets from users all around the world.
Looking for a place to host your code? Our group has an organization on Github here:
Please contact Hui Zheng to be added to the organization.
As someone who is affiliated with UC Berkeley, did you know that you can get free Github Pro and a ton of free software (e.g., GitKraken, Pycharm, Github Copilot)?
This is totally worth the time to sign up. You can find the application below:
Special thanks to the original authors of this page: John Dagdelen and Eric Sivonxay