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If you already installed Victor go directly to the tutorial page.

N.B. Remember to set the environment variables even if you download the compiled version of Victor.


The source code as well as the precompiled version of the software are available in GitHub. To get Victor please follow the instructions in the Source Code and Build sections. If you are familiar with GitHub you can visit the Victor page.

Download Build

N.B. Remember to set the environment variables after the download.

A precompiled version of the software is also available from the GitHub website in the Release section. Note that the compiled version has been generated in a 64bit environment using Ubuntu 14.04 and g++ 4.8.2. The link to the page is:

Download Source Code

To get the source code you can clone Victor into your local machine from the command line. Assuming you already have installed the Git software, just type in a terminal:

git clone <your_folder>


N.B. Remember to set the environment variables after the compilation.

The compilation requires the "Standard Template Library" STD, and the C++ compiler. According to your environment different packages are necessary:

  • Ubuntu (and Debian-derived distributions). Install build-essential (from the command line sudo apt-get install build-essential).
  • OSX. Install Xcode (free from the App Store).
  • CentOS. Install Development Tools (from the command line sudo yum group install "Development Tools" ).

If you successfully got the source code and installed the required packages, compile it with:

make clean

The make clean ensures the compilation process will start from scratch.

After the compilation finishes successfully you should obtain the following list of folders:

bin/ copy of all "APPS" executables
lib/ libraries
data/ symbolic links to the content of the "Data" folder inside packages
samples/ tutorial examples
tools/ helper classes
Biopool/ Biopool package
Align2/ Align package
Energy/ Energy package
Lobo/ Lobo package

Setting the environment

To make the software operative you need to set a couple of variables in your environment both in the case you are using the precompiled version or the version locally built from source.

To set the two variable in Bash just type the following commands, replacing <your_folder> with the Victor main directory. Remember to put the tailing backslash symbol ("/") at the end to avoid strange errors:

export VICTOR_ROOT=/<your_folder>/Victor/  
export PATH=$PATH:/<your_folder>/Victor/bin/

By this, your current session knows where Victor is installed. However, to make the system permanently aware, also when opening new sessions (terminals), you can just edit your Bash configuration file (usually /home/<user_name>/.bashrc in Ubuntu). Add the following two lines, replacing <your_folder> with the Victor main directory:

export VICTOR_ROOT=/<your_folder>/Victor/  
export PATH=$PATH:/<your_folder>/Victor/bin/

Unit Test

For information about testing Victor please visit the Documentation page.