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Welcome to AMUSE

AMUSE stands for Astrophysical Multipurpose Software Environment. Within AMUSE different existing numerical codes are incorporated into a single framework. This framework is implemented with Python. It is free to download, use, and distribute.

To help build the community, please join us.


We want to develop a toolbox for performing numerical astrophysical experiments.

The toolbox will provide:

  • a standard way of input / output of astrophysical data
  • code to support the set-up and management of numerical experiments
  • a standard method to couple codes of different physical domains
  • a legacy set of standard, proven applications/codes/modules
  • a standard way for extending / adding new modules
  • examples to show how everything works
  • documentation

Getting the code

AMUSE uses Subversion (svn) for managing its code.

Assuming you have Subversion installed, the following command in a terminal will fetch the most recent code for you:

svn co amuse-svn

Installing the code

The AMUSE code needs a number of other packages to run. To find out which packages and how to install these please read Install prerequisites.

After installing the prerequisites you can build AMUSE. How to install AMUSE is explained in Install AMUSE

Once you have AMUSE successfully installed, here (Getting started) is how to get started working with AMUSE.

Browsing the code online

  • Timeline: Keep track of recent changes.



For Support questions you can join us on the #amuse channel on

Starting Points


  • Workshop October 5-7. The first AMUSE workshop was held in Leiden from October 3 to October 5. About 20 researchers and interested parties attended the workshop. See notes for notes written by Rob Knop.

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