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What is EasyBuild?

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. It is motivated by the need for a tool that combines the following features:

  • a flexible framework for building/installing (scientific) software
  • fully automates software builds
  • divert from the standard configure / make / make install with custom procedures
  • allows for easily reproducing previous builds
  • keep the software build recipes/specifications simple and human-readable
  • supports co-existence of versions/builds via dedicated installation prefix and module files
  • enables sharing with the HPC community (win-win situation)
  • automagic dependency resolution
  • retain logs for traceability of the build processes

You can see more information in the official project website:


  • Python: 2.6 or 2.7, or Python 3.x (>= 3.5).
  1. Only EasyBuild v4.0 (or newer) is compatible with Python 3, earlier EasyBuild releases require Python 2.
  2. only EasyBuild versions prior to v4.0 require vsc-base. See required Python packages for older EasyBuild versions


Easybuild cannot be installed with the root user, for this reason it is necessary to create a user account that will take care of using it

To create the user account do the following:

adduser easybuild

Now it is necessary to execute the Easybuild installation process with the user created previously.

su - easybuild

# download script
curl -O

# bootstrap EasyBuild

# update $MODULEPATH, and load the EasyBuild module
module use $EASYBUILD_PREFIX/modules/all
module load EasyBuild
hpc/install_easybuild/install_easybuild.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/10 17:38 (external edit)