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PLUMED (PLUgin for MolEcular Dynamics) is an open-source, community-developed library that provides a wide range of different methods for enchanced sampling in molecular dynamics. It can be used with several MD codes.


  • Puhti: 2.5.2, 2.6.1, 2.7.2
  • Mahti: 2.6.3, 2.7.2


The PLUMED license (L-GPL) also allows it to be interfaced with proprietary software.


The standalone module of plumed is for building your own applications and linking with plumed, or analysing results performed with such code. To use, first give module spider to locate all versions and their library dependencies:

module spider plumed
module load <modules reveled by the spider command> plumed/<version>

If you want to run molecular dynamics with plumed, either compile your MD engine of choice with plumed (see selection e.g. here), or use e.g. Gromacs, which is available at CSC.


Cite your work with Plumed with:

“This work was carried out using the open-source, community-developed PLUMED library 
[1], version 2.x [2] (or alternatively version 1.x [3]).”

[1] The PLUMED consortium. Promoting transparency and reproducibility in enhanced molecular simulations, Nat. Methods 16, 670 (2019)

[2] G.A. Tribello, M. Bonomi, D. Branduardi, C. Camilloni, G. Bussi. PLUMED2: New feathers for an old bird, Comp. Phys. Comm. 185, 604 (2014), preprint available as arXiv:1310.0980

[3] M. Bonomi, D. Branduardi, G. Bussi, C. Camilloni, D. Provasi, P. Raiteri, D. Donadio, F. Marinelli, F. Pietrucci, R.A. Broglia and M. Parrinello. PLUMED: a portable plugin for free energy calculations with molecular dynamics, Comp. Phys. Comm. 180, 1961 (2009), preprint available as arXiv:0902.0874

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Last update: May 25, 2022