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1.3. How can I install the CLC Workbench on a Linux system using the installer script?

These instructions are written for the 64 bit Linux installer script for CLC Genomics Workbench (which is a file with a name that ends in .sh)  The instructions are the same for installation using the the 32 bit version, or for other Workbench versions. The only differences is the specific installation script name..

Please download the relevant Linux installer file if you have not already. This is a file that ends in .sh (not the rpm package).

Information about where to download installers for the software is in the FAQ page: Where can I get installer files for the software?

To install to a central location on your system, please run the installation script you have downloaded as an administrative user. For version 6.0.2 of the Genomics Workbench on a 64 bit linux system, this would be done by typing this command:

sudo /bin/sh CLCGenomicsWorkbench_6_0_2_64.sh

If you do not have sudo privileges on your system, you can just type this command:

/bin/sh CLCGenomicsWorkbench_6_0_2_64.sh

If you ran the command with sudo, then choose a central location to install to. A common choice might be:


but you are free to install wherever makes sense on your system.

If you did not run the command with sudo, then you will need to install somewhere under your own home area.

If you ran the command with sudo, then you can chose to set up symlinks, and let them be made in /usr/local/bin. This is not mandatory. If you didn't run the installer with sudo, then you won't have permission to do this anyway.

When you get to the end of the installation process, it will probably ask if you'd like to start up the workbench. Please note that if you choose to do this and you ran the installation script using sudo, then this will start up the Workbench as the root user. While you are running the workbench, you can set up your license. You can also then click on the Plugins button and download and install plugins you want.

If you were running the installer with sudo, then quit the workbench after you've sorted out the license and any plugins you want. Then restart the workbench (without using sudo). If you were not using sudo, then you can continue to work with the Workbench at this point.

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