MCell (Monte Carlo Cell) development is supported by the NIGMS-funded (P41GM103712) National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS).
MCell is a program that uses spatially realistic 3D cellular models and specialized Monte Carlo algorithms to simulate the movements and reactions of molecules within and between cells—cellular microphysiology.
Run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cmake build-essential bison flex python3-dev swig libboost-all-dev
Install the package manager chocolatey from https://chocolatey.org/install. Follow the instructions listed on that page, which will have you copy a command into PowerShell as an Administrator.
Once chocolatey is installed, open up a new PowerShell terminal as an Administrator, and run the following commands:
choco install -y git choco install -y python3 choco install -y cmake choco install -y ninja choco install -y msys2 choco install -y winflexbison choco install -y swig
Open a new PowerShell Administrator terminal and enter the following:
This will open a different MSYS2 terminal (not a PowerShell terminal). In this MSYS2 terminal, enter the following commands:
pacman -Syuu pacman -S --needed base-devel mingw-w64-i686-toolchain mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain \ git subversion mercurial \ mingw-w64-i686-cmake mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake pacman -Sy mingw-w64-i686-boost mingw-w64-x86_64-boost
Add CMake and MinGW64 to your Windows PATH Environment
If you have installed these dependencies with Chocolatey and your top level
drive is named
C:, you can append (or prepend) the following paths into your
Windows PATH (Search "Control Panel"; View by small icons; System; Advanced System Settings;
Environment Variables; User Variables; Path; Edit):
C:\tools\msys64\mingw64\bin C:\Program Files\CMake\bin
Building MCell Executable from Source (OSX, Linux, Windows)
Open a terminal (non-Administrator PowerShell for Windows users), clone the mcell_tools repo and run:
git clone https://github.com/mcellteam/mcell_tools.git cd mcell_tools python3 run.py
This will clone all the required repositories and run build of all the components. Running 'python3 run.py --help' shows other options.
To build just MCell, run these commands after you ran the 'python run.py'.
cd mcell_tools/work/build_mcell cmake ../../../mcell -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release make
cd mcell_tests python3 run_tests.py
Running 'python3 run_tests.py --help' shows other options.