From: Giacomo Fiorin (
Date: Thu May 25 2017 - 09:16:25 CDT

Besides launching VMD without display:

vmd -dispdev text -e <your Tcl commands>

it's not clear what else do you need.

If you are looking to share data between commands of your master script,
you should either write temporary files (as done in a system setup script)
or do the entire thing in VMD using Tcl.


On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 3:38 AM, János Szövérfi <>

> Hi all!
> I would like to write a complex script with VMD and MATLAB scripts
> inside, perhaps in bash or python.
> How can I run the tcl script from bash to run in background?
> I tried to run with tcl/tk but obviously it didn't recognize the command
> special to vmd.

Giacomo Fiorin
Associate Professor of Research, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Contractor, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD