Install ePMV & cellPACK

What is ePMV?

Learn how to make the molecular models shown on this page as well as many others. Learn how to animate and

simulate molecular data, as well as how to perform many other tasks with scientific data in general.

ePMV applies over 40 years of molecular graphics research through a simple interface to give you access

to hundreds of thousands of molecular models, chemical structures, and general volumetric data sets.

Build accurate models, directly from publicly available data banks with just a few mouse clicks.

Get it right, do it fast, then customize the selection of default representations as needed to meet your goals.

Polio Virus

Construct macromolecules from lightweight asymmetric unit files with just a few clicks

To create an efficient virus model that won't bog down your viewport, ePMV can take one subunit (a) and instance it to assemble an

entire virus (b–d) from data available in many PDB files. The 2plv file used in this example is nearly 1/60th the size of the entire virus file which has redundant geometry.

Left above: DNA representations from top to bottom made with ePMV in a genetic sequence

that would spell AMINEWS in amino acids if transcribed and translated into a protein.

Make your own DNA structures by typing or pasting As, Ts, Gs, and Cs directly in ePMV's GUI:

–Created or the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Newsletter Spring 2012 issue.

Ladder (color per residue A T G C)



Molecular Surface per residue

Coarse Molecular Surface per residue

Molecular surface per chain (in greyscale)

Coarse Molecular Surface per chain (in greyscale)

Represent DNA and RNA in a variety of customizable styles

Many molecular viewers popular today come up short on options for representing nucleotides (e.g., DNA and RNA strands). ePMV provides many options and organizes the geometries and textures to make them easily customizable.