Download and installation

  1. Download and install Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). Version 8.1 or newer is required. This framework allows running parallel applications on the Windows platform.

  2. Download MultiBUGS 2.0, and unzip this to, for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\MultiBUGS-2.0.

    Note that, within the installation directory, MultiBUGS creates a new BugsWorker.exe every time a model is run (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\MultiBUGS-2.0\BugsWorker.exe). This means you that you must have write permission for the installation directory, otherwise you will get the error “unable to link BugsWorker executable” when you try to distribute a model. Installing MultiBUGS in a different directory (e.g. C:\Users\yourusername\MultiBUGS-2.0) may resolve this error.

  3. Open C:\Program Files (x86)\MultiBUGS-2.0\MultiBUGS.exe
Ubuntu Linux

MultiBUGS v2.0 is available as a beta release for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS.

Known issues include the lack of images in help pages, and the lack of y-scales on figures.

To install via apt:

  1. Download multibugs_2.0-1.deb, and install with

    sudo apt install ./multibugs_2.0-1.deb

  2. MultiBUGS can be started graphically from the Dash or from the command line using


To install from a tarball:

  1. Install required i386 GTK packages (for GUI) and MPICH (for parallel processing). On Ubuntu 18.04:

    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install libatk-adaptor:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 gtk2-engines:i386 gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 gnome-themes-extra:i386 lib32stdc++6 mpich:i386

  2. Download multibugs_2.0.tar.gz, untar, and start:

    tar -xvpf multibugs_2.0.tar.gz
    cd multibugs