EasyBuild: building software with ease.

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EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems in an efficient way.
A full list of supported software packages is available here.

6th EasyBuild User Meeting

The 6th EasyBuild User Meeting will be held online, during the week of Jan 25-29 2021.

Join us for a week of talks and discussions about both EasyBuild and related projects,
or learn more about CernVM-FS and ReFrame by following the hands-on tutorials!

Attendance is free, but we kindly ask you to register if you plan to attend.
For the tutorials, registration is required for practical reasons.

More information via https://easybuild.io/eum.

EasyBuild Tech Talks

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Read the fine manual (RTFM!) at http://easybuild.readthedocs.io/.

Getting started

The recommended way of installing EasyBuild is via the documented bootstrap procedure. You should configure EasyBuild to behave as you prefer, subsequently.

That is all that is needed to get started with installing (scientific) software with ease. Take a look at the typical workflow example in the EasyBuild documentation that shows how to make EasyBuild build and install WRF with a single command.

Quick demo for the impatient

After installing EasyBuild, you can build and install HPL on top of a compiler toolchain that consists of open source components (GCC, OpenMPI, etc.) by running the following commands:

$ module load EasyBuild
$ export EASYBUILD_PREFIX=/tmp/$USER  # example installation prefix
$ eb HPL-2.3-foss-2019b.eb --robot

This should install a module file for HPL which you can load to start using it.

$ module load HPL

For more information on using EasyBuild, see the EasyBuild documentation.

Contact info

You can get in contact with the EasyBuild community in different ways:

Mailing list

An EasyBuild mailinglist easybuild@lists.ugent.be is available to subscribe to.

This list is used by both users and developers of EasyBuild, so if you have any questions or suggestions, you can post them there.

Only members can post to this mailinglist. To request membership, see https://lists.ugent.be/wws/info/easybuild.


Contact the EasyBuild community via Slack: https://easybuild.slack.com,
self-request an invite via https://easybuild-slack.herokuapp.com.

An IRC channel #easybuild has been set up on the FreeNode network.

Just connect your IRC client to the chat.freenode.net server, and join the #easybuild channel.


EasyBuild also has a Twitter feed: @easy_build.


EasyBuild has mostly been used and tested on x86_64-based Linux systems (RedHat-based, Debian, SuSE, ...), but can be easily extended for other platforms. Limited provisions for other Unix-based operating systems (e.g., Mac OS X) are also available.


EasyBuild is developed by the High-Performance Computing team at Ghent University together with the members of the EasyBuild community, and is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.


EasyBuild was created with support of Ghent University, the Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC), the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO) and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI).