How to download and install WinCoot?
Since we have an installer there is hardly any manual intervention
required to install WinCoot. However if you have a multi-user
computer you might want to change a few things. Here is how things
Double-click the downloaded file (WinCoot-version.exe).
WinCoot is extracted and
created on the desktop and Start
for the current user (N.B. you may want to avoid
spaces in the WinCoot master directory name, it may cause
problems. If you have Administrator privileges you will be asked
if you want to install it for all users).
That's all. You are ready to enjoy using WinCoot... Happy
(You might want to read the installation notes for
N.B. (1) WinCoot will save your backup structures in a coot-backup
directory, which is default under C:\yourWinCootdirectory\coot-backup.
can be changed for every user. It will accumulate a lot of pdb
files and should be 'cleaned' occasionally.
N.B. (2) You will need about 500MB of disk space for WinCoot (I hope
can reduce it somehow soon...).
Source code download
You can download the source code from here.
However, I cannot garantee that you'll be able to build it on your
MinGW system. An autobuild script help you to do so (build-it-win).
free to email me if
you have problems and are desperate to do so.
What are the different versions (stable/pre-release version)?
Stable releases are tested official releases (every few month). The
pre-release (developer) versions are build every night and are the latest coot
versions. Although these are tested they may not be fully functional
and contain unknown bugs.
Windows computer and single
WinCoot doesn't need to set any environment variables any more but
instead uses a .bat file which sets these in runtime. However
uses 2 directories (environment variables) which
be used individually by the user. These are COOT_HOME, which hosts
the .coot.pyfile and .coot-preferences directory,
where intermediate, backup pdb
files are stored. For a multi-user Windows computer the
might want to change these environment variables in the wincoot.bat file (runwincoot.bat prior to 0.8.8)
(by default in C:/yourWinCoot)
individual user (you obviously need a wincoot.bat
file for every user).
The coot state file will be saved in the directory where WinCoot is
started from (default is C:/yourWinCoot).
individual users you could change this in the Properties of the
shortcut. Alternatively you start WinCoot (wincoot.bat) from a
shell in the directory where you want to work in and the state file
This is a list of environment variables WinCoot uses. These are set
runtime when executing wincoot.bat (runwincoot.bat prior to 0.8.8).
So there is no need to set any variables. There is no need to change
the variables, except COOT_HOME and COOT_BACKUP_DIR for
individual users, if required. Feel free to edit the wincoot.bat file.
where .coot.py for
personal settings is
are saved here
only required for guile
needs "/" instead