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'''Format:''' The image is in "OVA" format that you can use with, for example, [[https://virtualbox.org|VirtualBox]]. It will likely also work with VMware. '''Format:''' The image is in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Virtualization_Format|Open Virtualization Format's 'OVA' variant]] which you can use with, for example, [[https://virtualbox.org|VirtualBox]]. It will likely also work with VMware.

Compute Virtual Machine Images

This page provides a virtual machine image that you can use for your computational needs in my classes.


Unless you are in one of my classes, I make no promise that I will support you in the use of this machine image. You're nonetheless more than welcome to use the image, and if you find an issue, please feel free to get in touch.

Format: The image is in the Open Virtualization Format's 'OVA' variant which you can use with, for example, VirtualBox. It will likely also work with VMware.

Software: The image is based on Debian and includes lots of open-source computational software, with a slight focus on Python. Other open-source software can easily be installed using the package manager.

Host Computer: This machine image will work regardless of whether your computer runs Windows, OS X, or Linux.


  1. Download VirtualBox and install it.

  2. Download the image.
  3. Check whether the image downloaded correctly using the md5sum command line tool (Linux/OS X). On Windows, use this tool. Compare the computed checksum with the value above. Only proceed once the two match. If they download, delete the file and retry the download.

  4. Open VirtualBox, click "File > Import Appliance", select the downloaded image and just click "Next" a few times.

  5. Once imported, double-click on the virtual machine to start using it.

ComputeVirtualMachineImages (last edited 2016-08-22 16:25:11 by AndreasKloeckner)