Building CompuCell3D 4.x.x on Linux

This writup presents easy-to-follow instructions on how to build CC3D 4.x.x on Linux


Important: for this tutorial to work you need to make sure that is in the /usr/lib64. On Ubuntu this library will be installed in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu In this case you may have to create symbolic link (you have to be sudo to do that)

ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/lib64

If you are on CentOS 7.x or RedHat 7.x you may have more work to do but it is fairly straightforward because you will need to create more symbolic links for completeness we are listing the commands necessary to accomplish this task:

cd /usr/lib64

ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s

Of course you need to do it as super user and keep in mind that the library numbers (.so.x) may vary depending on your system version

Cloning essential repositories

First let's make sure we have cloned a repository that contains CC3D documentation and useful build CC3D scripts for various operating systems. We do this by running the following commands:

git clone

The repository will be cloned to <your_home_dir>/cc3d_build_scripts

Important: make sure to replace <your_home_dir> with actual path to your home directory

Important: you can find useful CC3D linux setup/compilation details inside <your_home_dir>/cc3d_build_scripts/linux/400 folder. Those are internal notes and the content of them is relayed here but in case we missed some details it is not a bad idea to look into this folder.

Next let's clone actual CC3D repository:

mkdir <your_home_dir>/CC3D_PY3_GIT
cd <your_home_dir>/CC3D_PY3_GIT
git clone .

Instaling conda

To install conda/miniconda on your machine please follow the instructions indicated on this page:

After you successfully install conda first thing we will do is to create python virtual environment where we will store all the dependencies for compiling and running CC3D:

conda create -n cc3d_2020 python=3.7

After the environment cc3d_2020 is created we will activate it. BTW you can call this environment whatever you want. Just keep the names meaningful to you:

source activate cc3d_2020


conda activate cc3d_2020

Let's install CC3D dependencies this environment to enable compilation of CC3D:

conda install -c conda-forge numpy scipy pandas jinja2 webcolors vtk=8.2 pyqt pyqtgraph deprecated qscintilla2 jinja2 chardet cmake swig=3 requests

vtk packages from conda-forge repository depends on Threading Building Blocks library (tbb). However, conda package does not include all dependencies needed to compile and link c++ modules that rely on vtk. To alleviate this we build conda package that fixex issues with tb installation. All you need to do is to install tbb_full_dev package from compucell3d anaconda channel by running:

conda install -c compucell3d tbb_full_dev

Additionally we will need to install libroadrunner (solves SBML models) and antimony (make SBML model specification much easier and elegant) using pip by typing

pip install libroadrunner
pip install antimony

If you need specific version of libroadrunner you can always type , for example:

pip install libroadrunner==1.5.24

where we specified version 1.5.24 following two equal signs.

At this point we are almost ready to install compile CC3D but we need to do few minor patches. It happens sometimes that packages coming from conda channels are not 100% ready for use during compilations so we need to fix them. Fortunately the steps required to do so are minor

Fixing Qt hard-coded paths in qt.conf (optional - needed only if you plan to redistribute your cc3d package)

To ensure that we can run cc3d on other systems we need to copy qt.conf from <your home dir>/cc3d_build_scripts/linux/400/conda_patches folder into <conda_root>/envs/cc3d_2020/bin or simply replace the content of <conda_root>/envs/cc3d_2020/bin/qt.conf with the following text:

Prefix = ../
Binaries = ../bin
Libraries = ../lib
Headers = ../include/qt


Once you completed above steps by far the easiest way to compile CC3Dis to use automatic script from <your home dir>/cc3d_build_scripts/linux/400/ folder. To do so do the following:

conda activate base

cd <your home dir>/cc3d_build_scripts/linux/400/

python --prefix=<your_home_dir>/410_auto --source-root=<your_home_dir>/CC3D_PY3_GIT/CompuCell3D --build-dir=<your_home_dir>/410_auto_build --version=4.1.0 --cores=2 --conda-env-name=cc3d_2020

Important It is important to activate base conda environment before using script The script figures out the path to conda environment using a method that will not work properly if you are in cc3d_2020 environment.

After the the script finishes you should have a copy of CC3D in <your_home_dir>/410_auto

Important: You may need to apply additional fix apply on newer linuxes (Ununtu 18.04 RedHat 7.5) This is related to the issue of that shows up during the compilation and is related to SWIG complaining that it is unable find "swig.swg" file (and few others). The temporary solution is to uninstall system swig and install swig from source by following download links from Alternatively you may fix it by specifying proper path to SWIG_DIR in the CMake dialog - make sure you toggle Advanced box and type Swig in CMake search box to display this setting

CompuCell3D: SrcBin/CC3D_4xx_linux_compile_conda_based (last edited 2020-08-15 09:50:32 by TJSego)