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(instructions on compiling NAMD and its accessories)

Primary directions for building NAMD are at

Full compilation of NAMD needs fftw, tcl and VMD plugins You can download precompiled libraries from NAMD download page, but in case you have to compile yourself, here is how you do it:

*To compile TCL 8.3:

./configure --disable-shared --prefix={somewhere}
make install

*To compile fftw 2.1.5:

download from  Note you should download fftw version 2, there is major API changes
in fftw version 3 and is not compataible with fftw2.

./configure --enable-float --enable-type-prefix --enable-static --prefix={somewhere}
make install

*To compile plugins, download VMD and compile