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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 stable release (compiled, with source and docs)

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

Earlier releases:

System Requirements

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

Installation Guides

For the most recent version of ArtiSynth, please consult the guide that suits your operating system.

Windows Installation Guide

MacOS Installation Guide

Linux Installation Guide

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

Quick start

Windows: Unzip the file into a folder, preferably one that does not contain spaces in the name, and run $ARTISYNTH_HOME\bin\artisynth.bat, where ARTISYNTH_HOME is the installation folder.

MacOS: Unzip the file into a folder, and run $ARTISYNTH_HOME/bin/artisynth (or double click on $ARTISYNTH_HOME/bin/artisynth.command), where ARTISYNTH_HOME is the installation folder.

Linux: Unzip the file into a folder, and run $ARTISYNTH_HOME/bin/artisynth, where ARTISYNTH_HOME is the installation folder.

To run demonstration models, select 'Models > Demos' in the main menu. Selecting a particular model will cause it to be loaded and displayed in the viewer. The model can then be run using the "play" button at the upper right.