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ArtiSynth is now freely available under a 2-clause BSD license. Please see the LICENSE file in the root install directory for details.

Please acknowledge ArtiSynth if you use it:
If you use ArtiSynth for your research, please acknowledge us by referring to the website ( and also citing the following reference:

John E. Lloyd, Ian Stavness, and Sidney Fels, "ArtiSynth: A fast interactive biomechanical modeling toolkit combining multibody and finite element simulation", Soft Tissue Biomechanical Modeling for Computer Assisted Surgery, pp. 355-394, Springer, 2012. [bibtex]

Current development version

The current development version of ArtiSynth is available from Github at

> git clone

If you do decide to work from the current development version, we recommend that you subscribe to the updates mailing list, to be notified of updates and changes.

Current precompiled release (with source and docs)

Note that anatomical models are no longer bundled with the core distribution. Publicly available models can be downloaded separately from here.

Earlier releases:

System Requirements

  • Java SE JDK 6.0
  • OpenGL
  • Supported systems: 64 bit versions of Linux, MacOS, Windows

Installation Instructions

The Quick Installation Guide tells you how to quickly install the latest precompiled release for purposes of testing the system and running the demos.

More detailed instructions, including how to obtain the latest development version from Github, compile and run using the Eclipse IDE, and install external model packages, are provided in the general installation guides for each operating system:

Windows Installation Guide

MacOS Installation Guide

Linux Installation Guide

For legacy versions, please consult the documentation included in the package itself.