Download and install ALPS 2

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Download ALPS 2.0

ALPS 2.0 comes as a single package containing both libraries and applications. Unless stated otherwise, the ALPS Libraries are distributed under the ALPS License version 2.0.


Prerelease versions

ALPS 2.0 is not yet released, but you can download nightly source snapshots and binary builds:

Nightly snapshots

Nightly snapshot Approximate size Architecture Type
alps-2.0.0a-nightly-src.tar.gz 4.9 MB all Source .tar.gz
alps-2.0.0a-nightly-src-with-boost.tar.gz 81 MB all Source .tar.gz

including the Boost library

alps-2.0.0a-nightly-macosx-10.6.dmg 14 MB MacOS X 10.6


.dmg (Mac bundle)
alps-2.0.0a-nightly-macosx-10.5.dmg 14 MB MacOS X 10.5+

32 bit (Intel)

.dmg (Mac bundle)
alps-vistrails-2.0.0a-nightly-macosx-10.5.dmg 5.5 MB MacOS X 10.5+

32 bit (Intel)

.dmg (Mac bundle)

ALPS extensions to Vistrails

alps-2.0.0a-nightly-windows.exe 19 MB Windows XP, Vista, and 7

32 bit (i586)

.exe (WIndows installer)
alps-vistrails-2.0.0a-nightly-windows.exe 4.0 MB Windows XP, Vista, and 7

32 bit (i586)

.exe (WIndows installer)

ALPS extensions to Vistrails

Installing the binary releases

Installing the ALPS libraries and applications

To install the binary releases for MacOS X and Windows just download the appropriate installer above and install it on your system.

Installing Vistrails and the ALPS Vistrails extensions

To use the full Python functionality or the Vistrails provenance system, download and install the latest version of Vistrails and then download install the appropriate ALPS Vistrails extension from the list above. This will install the ALPS packages into Vistrails and update your Vistrails installation to the latest pre-release version of Vistrails that is needed for ALPS.

Install Vistrails also if you just want to use the ALPS Python tools without Vistrails, since the binary packages have been compiled against the Python installation that comes with Vistrails.

Non-default install locations for the binary packages

If you install it in a non-default location you will have to

  • set the environment variable ALPS_XML_DIR to point the the directory containing the ALPS XML and XSL files (the lib/xml subdirectory of the ALPS installation
  • On MacOS X set the environment variable DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH to include the lib directory of the ALPS installation so that the dynamic libraries can be found.

Building ALPS from source on MacOS X and Unix

Libraries and tools needed to build ALPS

ALPS will need the following libraries and tools in addition to the ALPS sources:

Many of the applications will also need

  • BLAS and LAPACK libraries

To use the evaluation tools you will need Python and some Python packages

All these packages and tools can be installed from source. In the following we will give more instructions for packaged installations on various platforms.

The directed loop SSE code also needs

  • LPSolve version 3.2 or 4.0, which can be downloaded here. Depending on your version of bison there might be a compilation problem with lp_solve. To solve this problem, comment out line 17 "extern int yyleng" of the file lpglob.h.

Get dependent libraries and tools on MacOS X using Mac Ports

$ sudo port install cmake
  • Install HDF5 1.8.2 or higher.
$ sudo port install hdf5-18
  • If you want Python support without Vistrails install Python and scientific Python packages:
$ sudo port install py26-numpy py26-scipy py26-matplotlib py26-h5py python26
$ sudo python_select python26

Alternatively you can also just install the ALPS Vistrails extensions

  • Download and unpack the Boost C++ Libraries library sources 1.41.0 or higher if you have not downloaded them with the ALPS sources. NOTE: just download and unpack but do not build Boost

Get dependent libraries and tools on Ubuntu 9.10 karmic

1. CMake 2.8.0 and HDF5 1.8 need to be installed from source since there are no packages in karmic. It is easier with the next release (lucid), see below.

Get dependent libraries and tools on Ubuntu 10.04 lucid

$ sudo aptitude install build-essential cmake-curses-gui libhdf5-serial-dev libfftw3-dev gfortran python-h5py python-numpy

Get dependent libraries and tools on Debian GNU/Linux (sid)

(2010/04/08) You can now create ALPS binary (except SSE, #68) without external source!

  • Install build-essential package using apt. This will pull g++, make, etc.
$ sudo aptitude install build-essential
  • Install CMake 2.8.0 or higher using apt.
$ sudo aptitude install cmake
  • Install HDF5 1.8.2 or higher using apt.
$ sudo aptitude install libhdf5-serial-dev
  • Install Boost C++ Libraries 1.41.0 or higher using apt. Note: Install libboost1.42-all-dev, NOT libboost1.42-dev.
$ sudo aptitude install libboost1.42-all-dev
  • Install FFTW using apt.
$ sudo aptitude install libfftw3-dev
  • Install Python and the needed packages h5py, numpy, ncipy and matplotlib using apt.
$ sudo aptitude install python-h5py python-numpy python-matplotlib python-scipy
  • Install gfortran using apt for LAPACK/BLAS autodetection.
$ sudo aptitude install gfortran

Get some dependent libraries and tools from source using ALPS convenience scripts

We have provided some shell scripts that can simplify building some of the dependent libraries from source:

  • Checkout the ALPS source from subversion. (assume e.g. at $HOME/src/alps2)
  • Install CMake and HDF5 using scripts, building in $HOME/tmp and installing into $HOME/opt
$ $HOME/src/alps2/script/ $HOME/opt $HOME/tmp
$ $HOME/src/alps2/script/ $HOME/opt $HOME/tmp

Build ALPS

  • Create a build directory (anywhere you have write access) and execute cmake.
$ cmake /path/to/alps/directory

If you downloaded the Boost sources separately (and not with the ALPS sources) specify the root directory as follows:

$ cmake -D Boost_ROOT_DIR:PATH=/path/to/boost/directory /path/to/alps/directory

If you want to specify a different installation directory set the variable CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX

$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/install/directory /path/to/alps/directory

If you want to link against a 64-bit LAPACK version turn the LAPACK_64_BIT option on in cmake by adding the option -D LAPACK_64_BIT=ON

  • Optionally look at or edit the CMake configuration settings using the CMake GUI or ccmake. This lets you set include and library paths for libraries which cmake did not find automatically.
$ ccmake .
  • Build and test ALPS
$ make 
$ make test
$ make install

Building Vistrails and ALPS Vistrails packages from source on Linux

Setting up ALPS-enabled Vistrails on Debian GNU/Linux (sid)

  • Install python-qt4-gl and python-vtk using apt
$ sudo aptitude install python-qt4-gl  python-vtk
  • Download the latest version of Vistrails from [1]
  • Go to your ALPS build directory
  • Turn ALPS_INSTALL_VISTRAILS_PACKAGES on, either in the GUI or by running cmake initially as
  • Set theCMake VISTRAILS_APP_DIR variable to point to the directory containing vistrails.
  • Build and install ALPS. This will build both a full ALPS installation and install the ALPS Vistrails extensions into Vistrails

If you have problems...

f you've had previous versions of Vistrails installed, it might be confused by some old files in ~/.vistrails. Try renaming that folder and start again.

Advanced builds

Instructions for advanced build versions are available on the developer Wiki:

If you want to build the Python extensions against a non-standard Python installation set the CMake variable PYTHON_INTERPRETER to point to the Python interpreter you want to use