From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Sat Jan 17 2015 - 17:11:07 CST

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 7:12 AM, Emilio Lence
<> wrote:
> Dear Sirs.
> I've been using VMD for a while, but I only know a few basic things.
> Recently I started to explore the posibility of changing my ASCII files from
> MD simulations to the new and supposedly better NetCDF format. But, I find
> troubles when I try to load this files in VMD. After a first search in the
> AMBER mail list, they say that you hace to select the option NetCDF when
> using menus, or if you have the extension .nc the file is automatically
> recognise. I tried using the console adding type netccdf after, but it was
> not working. I checked the VMD website and found that you have a new version
> released last December, so I installed it. But with 1.9.2 version, still I
> am not capable of loading my nc files.
> Looking through the website I found a plugin section
> ( in which
> mention that netcdf format is supported. I try to install the plugin from
> and
> follow one of the links to a suppose NetCDF-Java library
> (,
> whcich I download and try to install, but without any success.
> Then I search the VMD mailing list for more information, and find several
> messages saying that NetCDF format is not supported in the windows version
> of VMD due to technical issues, the most recent one from September 2011.
> So, my question is very simple: Is NetCDF format supported by VMD 1.9.2 in
> Windows machine or not?


> In case affirmative, is there any guide for dummies how to make it work.
> Thanks for your kind attention and apologies because English is not my
> mother language and probably didn't express myself clearly enough.
> Have a nice weekend
> Emilio Lence
> PhD in Chemistry

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science & Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Italy.