PyMOL360: Multi-user gamepad control of molecular visualization software

Patrick V. Holec, Benjamin J. Hackel

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Interactive visualization of biomolecular structure is a powerful tool for scientists, students, and audiences from the laboratory to the classroom and beyond. However, existing platforms lack the ability to generate a collaborative environment to engage multiple users simultaneously. To address this need, PyMOL360 is described, which enables control of PyMOL molecular visualization software from multiple gamepad controllers. Extensive modularity enables user-defined configurations while default settings ease adoption by new users. A walkthrough of the software demonstrates its ability to select relevant molecules and modify viewing perspectives, molecular styles, colors, highlighted residues, or chains. Provision of source code encourages use and further development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2667-2669
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank Sadie Johnson and Ian Schrack for testing and feedback on the PyMOL360 package prior to release.


  • PyMOL
  • collaboration
  • gamepad
  • molecular visualization


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