Daniel L. Ayres edited this page Apr 19, 2018 · 5 revisions

Installing BEAGLE on Linux

To install BEAGLE on Linux-based operating systems you will need to build BEAGLE from source.

You can either do this in the manual approach -as described below- or use an automated tool such as EasyBuild, especially useful if you are into the business of using alternative compilers and toolchains, including GPUs etc: Example build options:

Installing from source

Step 1. Obtain prerequisites

You will need the following software to download and build BEAGLE from source:

  • gcc (or other equivalent compiler)
  • make
  • autoconf
  • automake
  • libtool
  • subversion
  • pkg-config

Additionally we recommended installing the following optional prerequisites:

  • OpenCL implementations for your hardware resources
  • NVIDIA CUDA drivers and toolkit (if you want to use BEAGLE with CUDA on an NVIDIA GPU)
  • Java JDK (if you want to use BEAGLE with BEAST)

The prerequisite software should be fairly easy to install. On Ubuntu and other Debian Linux distributions all the requisite software can be obtained via apt-get:

sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake libtool git pkg-config openjdk-9-jdk

OpenCL implementations are available from:

The NVIDIA CUDA drivers and toolkit can be downloaded from They need to be installed for BEAGLE to use CUDA for GPU acceleration.

Step 2. Build from the source repository

git clone --depth=1
cd beagle-lib
./configure --prefix=$HOME
make install

Step 3. Set environment variables

If you followed the instructions above, then BEAGLE was installed to your home directory. You'll need to tell other programs to find the beagle library in your home directory by setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable:


Or if using tcsh:


That command will need to be run every time you log in, so it's best to put it in a login script such as .bashrc or .profile or .cshrc, etc.

If you plan to build other applications that depend on beagle, you'll also need be sure BEAGLE is in your pkg-config path:


This too can be put in a login script.

Step 4. Verify that everything works

Finally, to verify that the installation worked and that your NVIDIA card is working go to the beagle-lib directory and type:

make check

This will run a suite of test programs using the BEAGLE library.

If you get no errors you are ready to use BEAGLE with compatible applications such as BEAST, MrBayes, and GARLI.

For instructions on how to use BEAGLE with BEAST please refer to Using BEAGLE with BEAST

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