CCP4 installations at NSC

Level of support

Tier 3 NSC will not be able to help you much with this program, either because we lack the in-house experience, or because it is a test installation. In general, these types of installations are untested, and will not be updated unless you send a request to NSC.

Please see the page describing our software support categories for more information.
You can also contact for further information.

CCP4 aims to develop and support the development of cutting edge approaches to experimental determination and analysis of protein structure, and integrate these approaches into the suite. CCP4 is a community based resource that supports the widest possible researcher community, embracing academic, not for profit, and for profit research.

The CCP4 suite installations are generally maintained by Johan Raber (

How to run

You will most likely want to use this suite with its graphical interfaces so remember to either log in with X forwarding or via the current VNC solution. NSC recommends the use of the VNC solution.

If you are starting out from scratch, load the CCP4 module corresponding to the version you want to use.

module load ccp4/6.3.0

A help text will appear in the prompt presenting some options on how to make the CCP4 suite permanently accessible to you upon login and additionally how to make them accessible for your current session. This may look something like this:

To make CCP4, CCP4i, CCP4mg and ARP/wARP v7.3 available to you, you will need to source the appropriate setup file to your shell under the directories /software/apps/ccp4/ccp4–6.3.0/bin and /software/apps/ccp4/arp_warp_7.3. In order to make this permanent you may wish to add this source:ing to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.cshrc file.

For example in bash you would do: $ echo ‘source /software/apps/ccp4/ccp4–6.3.0/bin/ccp4.setup-sh’ >> ~/.bashrc $ echo ‘source /software/apps/ccp4/arp_warp_7.3/arpwarp_setup.bash’ >> ~/.bashrc