[Sorry, this option no longer works. Our automatic build process has been deactivated since at least spring 2017, and I do not know when it will be available again. Meanwhile, for recent versions, please go to the source download page.]
The easiest way to download and install Orchids is as a package. This page describes how to install it manually, without having to compile it from source code.
The quick way
(If you are afraid of typing text commands in a terminal, please move on to the next section.)
There are currently two families of pre-compiled versions of Orchids:
Click on one of the distributions, save the package anywhere you want, open a terminal there, and type:
sudo dpkg -i <your-chosen-package>.deb sudo apt-get -f install
dpkg will say that installation failed because of unresolved dependencies: this is what
apt-get -f install cures.
You’re done! You can proceed to the Getting started with Orchids page.
The Web-based way
If you’re not familiar with text commands, here is a friendlier way. It also gives you slightly more package possibilities to consider.
In your Web browser, connect to the
Log in as guest, by clicking on the blue button ‘Log in as guest’.
Click on the Orchids project.
Select the package you wish. In this example, we shall assume we are running under an Ubuntu (xenial) OS. Other versions are available, too. If your OS is not on the list, you will have to download the sources and recompile (sorry), or to ask us.
Click on the ‘Artifacts’ button corresponding to your package:
Then click on the package name, here ‘
orchids_2.726_amd64.deb‘. It should open a software installer. If it does not, proceed to save the file, and we shall call the software installer on it manually:
Click on ‘Install’. You’re done! Proceed to the Getting started with Orchids page.