MLatom 3: 10-year anniversary edition is released!

MLatom 3: 10-year anniversary edition is released!

We are happy to announce that on the occasion of its ten-year anniversary, we have released on September 12 a brand new MLatom 3 with tons of new features including more simulation options, Python API for user-customized workflows, and its integration into XACS cloud computing with the online terminal. You can watch the release broadcast video for an overview of the new release:

Old features stay the same

You can still use MLatom for the same calculations as before – not much changed from outside for the users of the old features, although inside the hoods, we completely rewritten most of MLatom. For example, this input file for geometry optimization works as before:

AIQM1 # or useMLmodel MLmodelIn=CH3Cl.unf if you, e.g., want to use CH3Cl.unf model

Tons of new simulation features

MLatom 3 comes with tons of new useful features such as:

It means that now you can choose from a huge library of methods and, e.g., use them to run MD via input file as

MD                            # Molecular dynamics
method=AIQM1                  # Use AIQM1
initConditions=user-defined   # Use user-defined initial conditions              # File with initial geometry
initVXYZ=init.vxyz            # File with initial velocities
dt=0.1                        # Time step
trun=100000                   # Length of trajectory
thermostat=nose-hoover        # Use Nose-Hoover thermostat
temperature=300               # Set temperature
trajH5MDout=traj.h5           # Save trajectory in traj.h5

Python API

If you feel more comfortable working with Python and Jupyter, you can now use MLatom’s Python API (MLatom PyAPI) to create your own custom workflows by simply importing mlatom and exploiting its flexibility and a wide range of capabilities. For example, if you want to optimize geometry using MLatom PyAPI, your Python script might look like this:

import mlatom as ml # import MLatom module.
ani = ml.models.methods(method='ANI-1ccx') # define an ANI-1cxx model.
init_mol ='') # load the molecular structure.
final_mol = ml.optimize_geometry(model=ani, initial_molecule=init_mol).optimized_molecule # the optimized structure can be obtained by command.
final_mol.xyz_coordinates # we can see the coordinates of the last molecule.
print(final_mol.get_xyz_string()) # print the coordinates in ".xyz" format.
final_mol.write_file_with_xyz_coordnates(filename='') # save it in "".

The documentation for MLatom PyAPI with examples and tutorials will be released soon.

New permissive license

MLatom 3 comes with a new permissive license: MIT (modified to request proper citations in the academic publications).

How to install it?

MLatom 3 can be installed via a variety of way:

  • pip install mlatom
  • download the source code and binaries from MLatom website.
  • Source code on GitHub: git clone

More instructions such as installation of dependences will be provided soon in our online manual.

Integration with new XACS cloud computing

MLatom is part of XACS and this allows you to run it in the XACS terminal in your web browser:

Documentation and support

Please refer to an updated MLatom manual for more information.

While we are continuously improving it with more details and tutorial examples, you might want to join our XACS Support Slack workspace for faster communications and send us your inquiries via email (dral at

For Chinese users, we also have both the XACS WeChat official channel which you can follow and the user group (send an inquiry to xacs at

You can also follow our social media accounts for more news and updates about MLatom and many other related topics:

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