In the examples below we use % to symbolise the command prompt (to show that this needs to be typed in a terminal) and it should not be typed as such.


Installation of the software is very easy and the instructions are given in detail during the download. Please follow those instructions as close as possible. Some additional notes:

  • save the licence-key file (sent to you by email) as .licence:
    • please note the spelling and the initial "." (this might mean that some file browsers won't show you that file - it is a so-called hidden file
    • be aware of different conventions for representing the end of a line on different operating systems. See here and here for details.
    • the permissions of that file should ensure that it is readable - you might need to run
            % chmod 0644 .licence
  • after installation in a central directory/filesystem, you might want to check that the settings in and setup.csh are correct for all machines
    • this is especially relevant if using different mount-points on different machines, e.g. through an automounter


This is also described in the installation instructions on the download pages. The best check is to run

% process -checkdeps

in a terminal. This should check external applications and (hopefully) not report any ERROR. When running

% process -h

it should give the online help about command-line options and some pointer to the locally installed documentation.

If there is a message about licensing issues, it could be for one of two reasons:

  1. the licence has expired
  2. there is no licence key for the current machine (should not apply for academic users using an autoPROC release as of 16th March 2015 or later)

Academic users can renew their existing licence from the main autoPROC page very easily.

  • Since autoPROC uses several external programs (like XDS and CCP4), it is assumed that those are setup in their normal (program-specific) way.
  • Some useful output is generated in form of graphs via the program gnuplot. This is usually easily available for your system - please make sure it is installed and available.

Further information

The main source of user information is this autoPROC wiki. The developers can be contacted via the email address.