VisIt can now be built automatically using the build_visit script on many Linux, MacOS X, and AIX platforms (more to come). The build_visit script takes care of downloading relevant VisIt and 3rd party source code, configuring, and building it all using your C++ compiler. We encourage users to build VisIt using the build_visit script when our binary distributions have trouble running on some systems. We also recommend using the build_visit script on your system if you plan to:
To simplify what has become a very complex procedure, we have developed the build_visit script to automatically download and build VisIt and 3rd party sources on Linux, MacOS X, and AIX platforms. For instructions on building a parallel version of VisIt, see the section on building a parallel version of VisIt at visitusers.org. For instructions on building VisIt on Windows, see our FAQ. Links to download the Unix source code, the Windows source code, the md5 and sha1 checksums, and file sizes are below, organized by release starting with the most recent release. Links to download the third party libraries are at the end. The checksums and file sizes are for checking that the files were properly downloaded if corruption of the files is suspected during the download process.
If you use VisIt to generate images and/or movies please cite VisIt in your paper and the credits of your movie. Doing so helps us sustain funding for future improvements and on going maintenance. Please use the following acknowledgement and send us references to any publications, presentations, or successful funding applications that make use of DOE software.
VisIt is supported by the Department of Energy with funding from the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program and the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program.