From: manuel mourato (
Date: Sat May 21 2022 - 13:26:21 CDT

Hello Dr Axel,

Turns out this was because my DISPLAY env variable in the subsystem wasn't
set to the correct value. After a few changes it worked like a charm.
Apologies and thank you for your time.

On Sat, 21 May 2022 at 17:07, Axel Kohlmeyer <> wrote:

> Please provide the output that vmd produces when you launch it.
> --
> Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer;!!DZ3fjg!9pHjq7NKGHmk9ascYgt47GxgrtMahKluu3G62F0vO7ovRNBApmwYP4zYRpDzxxbapWsvXqr4i78_2p3tjE882Iigu54$
> College of Science & Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA
> International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
> On Sat, May 21, 2022, 09:43 manuel mourato <>
> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am exploring vmd a bit, and have just recently compiled the code from
>> source, in WSL2 (Centos OS 8), on my Windows PC.
>> After following the instructions in the documentation, vmd is indeed
>> installed and I can launch it with the /usr/bin/vmd command ( the tcl/tk
>> command line interface appears).
>> However, the GUI is not launched.
>> I have tried launching a VMD binary distribution (for windows) from my
>> WSL2 Centos system command line (/mnt/c/.../vmd.exe) and it works with no
>> issues.
>> Is there something I am missing?
>> Thank you.