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OMUSE stands for Oceanographic MUltipurpose Software Environment. It is a package to conduct numerical experiments in oceanography and other Earth sciences.

What is this repository for?

This repository contains the source tree for OMUSE.

How do I get set up?

Easiest way is to use a pip developer install:

  • setup a python environment, e.g. using virtualenv, and activate it.
  • optionally (see instructions below) first do a develop install of AMUSE,
  • clone the OMUSE repository: git clone,
  • go into the source directory cd omuse and set the environment variable DOWNLOAD_CODES, e.g. export DOWNLOAD_CODES=latest.
  • now, do pip install -e . from the root of the package
  • type python build_codes --inplace to build the codes.
  • the file build.log will report any errors in the build process.

The community codes of OMUSE can be build manually by going into each directory:

  • src/omuse/community/adcirc
  • src/omuse/community/swan
  • etc

and typing: first make download (for some) and then make

OMUSE has been tested on OSX and linux machines, with ifort and gfortran compilers, on desktop machines and on the Carthesius supercomputer.

In addition to the AMUSE dependencies, OMUSE needs/ can use the following packages:

  • matplotlib basemap
  • netCDF and netCDF for fortran and the python bindings

AMUSE developer install

OMUSE depends on the "amuse-framework" package, and the instructions above will install this automatically from pypi. If you want to also have a developer install (from the repository source) for AMUSE you should take care that you install the amuse-framework package:

  • clone the AMUSE repository: git clone
  • go into the amuse-framework package directory: cd amuse/packages/amuse-framework
  • do the developer install from here: pip install -e .


Documentation can be found here. In addition the base AMUSE documentation can be consulted.

Reporting issues

Issues can be reported at the OMUSE issue tracker; for framework issues, report them at the AMUSE repository.

Contribution guidelines

Contributions are welcome. Note that most framework development happens at the AMUSE repository A primer for writing code interfaces and other documentation can be found on the amuse website (


The Oceanographic Multi-purpose Software Environment: a package for multi-physics and multi-scale earth science simulations.




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