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EasyBuild - building software with ease


EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in an efficient way.


The EasyBuild sources are spread across different GitHub repositories:

Corresponding Python packages are available via PyPi:


Read the fine manual (RTFM!) at .

Getting started

The recommended way of installing EasyBuild is via the documented bootstrap procedure You should configure EasyBuild to behave as you prefer, subsequently.

That is all that is needed to get started with installing (scientific) software with ease. Take a look at the typical workflow example in the EasyBuild documentation that shows how to make EasyBuild build and install WRF with a single command.

Quick demo for the impatient

After installing EasyBuild, you can build and install HPL on top of a compiler toolchain that consists of open source components (GCC, OpenMPI, etc.) by running the following commands:

$ module load EasyBuild
$ export EASYBUILD_PREFIX=/tmp/$USER  # example installation prefix
$ eb HPL-2.0-goalf-1.1.0-no-OFED.eb --robot

This should install a module file for HPL which you can load to start using it:

$ module load HPL

For more information on using EasyBuild, see the EasyBuild documentation

Contact info

You can get in contact with the EasyBuild community in different ways:

Mailing list

An EasyBuild mailinglist is available to subscribe to.

This list is used by both users and developers of EasyBuild, so if you have any questions or suggestions, you can post them there.

Only members can post to this mailinglist. To request membership, see


An IRC channel #easybuild has been set up on the FreeNode network.

Just connect your IRC client to the server, and join the #easybuild channel.

There is an IRC bot present (easybuilder). Just type !help to get pointers to the available commands.


The EasyBuild team also has a Twitter feed: @easy_build.


EasyBuild has mostly been used and tested on x86_64-based Linux systems (RedHat-based, Debian, SuSE, ...), but can be easily extended for other platforms. Limited provisions for other Unix-based operating systems (e.g., Mac OS X) are also available.


EasyBuild is developed by the High-Performance Computing team at Ghent University together with the members of the EasyBuild community, and is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.


EasyBuild was created with support of Ghent University , the Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC) , the Hercules foundation and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) .

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