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Download and Installation Guide


Downloading and using the software is free of charge.

Simply download from here and unpack the compressed file


Please choose your operating system to view how to run MaxQuant.

MaxQuant on Windows
Supported operation system versions (64 bit is required) are Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, Server 2008, 2012.
  • Run MaxQuant GUI

Double click on MaxQuant.exe in MaxQuant folder and specify your RAW files, experimental design and fasta files.

  • Start MaxQuant

Click on the Start button.

MaxQuant on Linux
We are supporting MaxQuant on Ubuntu 16 or higher, but MaxQuant should also work on another distribution of Linux.
You may run MaxQuant using Graphical User Interface. In this case, you should install Mono and follow instructions for MaxQuant on Windows starting from second point. This tutorial is focused on running MaxQuant using command line.
  • Install .NET Core 2.1

To find out whether you already have it, type in the command line

dotnet --version

If you see the version 2.1.811, then everything is ready to start MaxQuant.

Overwise you need to get installation instructions at the .NET Core SDK 2.1.811 for your operation system.

Ubuntu 20.04 (for example)
wget -O packages-microsoft-prod.deb
sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
sudo apt-get update; \
  sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https && \
  sudo apt-get update && \
  sudo apt-get install -y dotnet-sdk-2.1
  • Edit mqpar.xml file

Currently we highly recommend to preconfigure the mqpar.xml file in MaxQuant GUI. After transferring the file on Linux machine, do not forget to update file addresses accordingly. You can also use a programmatic way to change that.

dotnet MaxQuant/bin/MaxQuantCmd.exe --changeFolder=new_mqpar.xml <new folder with fasta files> <new folder with raw files> old_mqpar.xml

However if you feel familiar with a structure of mqpar.xml, you may create a template of mqpar.xml and edit it directly.

dotnet MaxQuant/bin/MaxQuantCmd.exe --create new_mqpar.xml
  • Run MaxQuant
dotnet MaxQuant/bin/MaxQuantCmd.exe mqpar.xml

Hardware requirements

  • 4 GB RAM minimum.
  • 4 GB RAM per thread that is executed in parallel is required.
  • There is no upper limit on the number of cores. Whatever you can fit into a shared memory machine will work as long as the disk performance scales up with it.
maxquant/common/download_and_installation.txt · Last modified: 2020/11/21 00:41 by sinitcyn