• Python >= 2.6 or >= 3.6

  • Open Babel (library) >= 2.2

  • Python-OpenBabel >= 2.1

  • Python-BitArray

  • Python-Numpy >= 1.3

Getting HIPPOS

You can get HIPPOS at Github by cloning the repository or download the code here.

Installing on Linux

In Ubuntu you can simply enter these commands to install the requirements above (Python is already installed in Linux):

sudo apt-get install openbabel
sudo apt-get install python-openbabel
sudo apt-get install python-bitarray
sudo apt-get install python-numpy

In Fedora you can enter these commands instead:

sudo yum install openbabel
sudo yum install python-openbabel
sudo yum install python-bitarray
sudo yum install numpy

After the requirements fulfilled

After all of the dependencies installed, you can install HIPPOS by opening the terminal and enter the HIPPOS directory and run like so:


You will be prompted with a question whether to install HIPPOS in [HOME_DIRECTORY]/.hippos which is a hidden directory inside your HOME_DIRECTORY. Or would you rather choose your own directory. If you want to keep the default then just press enter or if you would like to choose your own installation directory you can type y and press enter, then you have to type the installation directory for example /home/radifar/apps/hippos then press enter.

If HIPPOS installed successfully then a message like ‘HIPPOS successfully installed’ should appear. When HIPPOS is already installed and you’re running a message like ‘HIPPOS is already installed’ will appear, and the installation process will stop and exit.

If you would like to install newer version of HIPPOS and overwrite the old one then all you need to do is by adding ‘force’ option to like so:

./ force

To test if HIPPOS had been installed, open new command line window and type the following:


Then press enter. Please note that it is imperative to open the new command line window right after the installation to allow the alias in your system get updated. Next type the following:


Then press enter

If there are no error message then the installation is success.

Installing on Windows 10

Windows 10 provides Ubuntu in their Microsoft Store. After you successfully add Ubuntu on your Windows, the next step is to do the same installation steps on Ubuntu.