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Sep 10, 2021
MDTools is a collection of ready-to-use Python scripts to prepare and analyze molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.
The main feature of this package is not the package itself, but the
Python Scripts shipped along with this package in the
scripts/ directory. These Python scripts are fully functional
and directly executable (provided you have installed Python) without
the need to go into the source code.
The idea is to provide you with a collection of scripts to prepare and
analyze MD simulations similar to the command-line tools shipped along
with Gromacs. For instance, the script
scripts/dynamics/msd_serial.py can be used to calculate the mean
square displacement of a given selection (i.e. a user-defined group of
atoms). Since MDTools is based on MDAnalysis, you are not limited to
Gromacs trajectories but you can read and analyze a variety of
different trajectory and topology formats. You also benefit from
MDAnalysis’ rich selection syntax.
For you there is no need to interact with the MDTools package directly. You can simply run the scripts and do not need to care about what is happening in the background (although of course you can). Simply install the package, run the scripts and be happy ;). You only need to interact with the MDTools package directly, when
You want to make changes to the scripts;
You write your own scripts and want to use functions, classes or other objects defined in the MDTools package;
You want to contribute to this package.
This project is at the beginning. At the moment it is mainly intended for my personal use and will evolve according to my personal needs. However, everybody is welcome to use it and to contribute to it and to write scripts for his/her own purposes. As mentioned above, the aim of this project is to build up a collection of generic Python scripts to prepare and analyze MD simulations. If you want to contribute, please read the Developer’s guide.
The scripts and functions are not (extensively) tested! The
only test cases we have so far are the examples from the Examples
sections of the docstrings, which are verified using
The plan is to implement extensive unittests using pytest, but so
far we did not had the time for this. Implementing unittest would
thus be great way for you to contribute to this project and it would
be highly appreciated.
git clone https://github.com/andthum/mdtools
MDTools is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
MDTools is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.