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MOLGW needs the following compilers:

  • Fortran 2008
  • C++

To be fully operational, MOLGW needs the following libraries:

  • LIBINT for the Coulomb integrals \((\alpha\beta| \frac{1}{|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{r'}|} | P )\) for instance
  • LIBXC for the DFT approximate functionals: \(E_{xc}(\rho(\mathbf{r}))\)
  • MPI for parallelism
  • BLAS/LAPACK/SCALAPACK for the linear algebra (matrix multiplication/inversion/diagonalization)

Standard route

Compiling LIBXC

Obtain the latest LIBXC version, compile and install

tar xzf libxc-5.1.5.tar.gz
cd libxc-5.1.5
./configure --prefix=$(HOME)/opt/libxc-5.1.5/
make install

Compiling LIBINT

LIBINT is compilation tricky and lengthy. It relies on external libraries and very modern C++.

The external libraries GMP and Boost can be obtained directly on modern linux distributions. Here is how to compile LIBINT on linux Fedora:

sudo dnf install automake autoconf gcc-c++ boost-devel gmp-devel # to obtain the required packages
#this is for Fedora but there are equivalent packages for Ubuntu to be obtained with apt-get
tar xzf v2.6.0.tar.gz
cd libint-2.6.0
mkdir build
cd build
../configure --prefix=$(HOME)/opt/libint-2.6.0/ --enable-1body=1 --enable-eri=0 --enable-eri3=0 --enable-eri2=0 --enable-contracted-ints --with-max-am=7 --with-opt-am=2 --with-cxxgen=g++ --with-cxxgen-optflags=-O1 --with-cxx=g++ --with-cxx-optflags=-O1
make -j 4
make install

If LIBINT compilation is really too long, one may reduce it by limiting the maximum angular momentum and removing optimizations:

../configure --prefix=$(HOME)/opt/libint-2.6.0/ --enable-1body=1 --enable-eri=0 --enable-eri3=0 --enable-eri2=0 --enable-contracted-ints --with-max-am=5 --with-opt-am=1 --with-cxxgen=g++ --with-cxxgen-optflags=-O0 --with-cxx=g++ --with-cxx-optflags=-O0

This fast compilation took about 25 minutes on a laptop...

Configuring and compiling MOLGW

Libraries and compilers are all set up in a file named my_machine.arch that should be created or copied in the ~molgw/src/ folder.

Examples of typical my_machine.arch are provided in the ~molgw/config/ folder.

cd /path/to/molgw/src
cp ../config/my_machine_gfortran_mpi_mkl.arch my_machine.arch
make -j

The executable will be created as ~molgw/molgw.

Most often, the my_machine.arch file needs editing. Here is an example for gfortran with MKL, MPI and OPENMP.

OPENMP= -fopenmp




LAPACK= ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_scalapack_lp64.a -Wl,--start-group ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_gf_lp64.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_gnu_thread.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_core.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_blacs_openmpi_lp64.a -Wl,--end-group -lgomp -lpthread -lm -ldl




The most tricky line is the MKL linking. Another way to obtain this line:

${MKLROOT}/bin/intel64/mkl_link_tool -libs  --compiler=gnu_f --linking=static --openmp=gomp --cluster_library=scalapack --mpi=openmpi


Spack is a handy scientific package manager. It is an easy way to obtain all the libraries needed by MOLGW, and in particular LIBINT.

Install spack

If you do not have Spack yet, then install it with

git clone spack
. spack/share/spack/  # or better add this line in the ~/.bashrc
spack compilers
==> Available compilers
-- gcc fedora33-x86_64 ------------------------------------------

Install libraries

Then compiling the libraries should be a piece of cake:

spack install openmpi                  # MPI
spack install intel-mkl                # BLAS/LAPACK/SCALAPACK
spack install libxc                    # LIBXC
spack install libint tune=molgw-lmax-7 # LIBINT compilation especially tuned for MOLGW
Then, load the libraries with the module tool:
module available
#find the unique names for your modules and load them
module load openmpi
module load intel-mkl
module load libxc
module load libint

At this stage, the environment should be ready. Test it for instance with


With this, edit the file molgw/src/my_machine.arch:

OPENMP= -fopenmp




LAPACK= ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_scalapack_lp64.a -Wl,--start-group ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_gf_lp64.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_gnu_thread.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_core.a ${MKLROOT}/lib/intel64/libmkl_blacs_openmpi_lp64.a -Wl,--end-group -lgomp -lpthread -lm -ldl

This simple example creates a fully operational version of MOLGW with OPENMP and MPI/SCALAPACK enabled.

Again, the most difficult line is the linking to MKL.