First Time Running CellBlender


If you are using the CellBlender bundle (linux, windows), you do not need to follow this tutorial. It only applies to people installing CellBlender from scratch.

If you have just installed Blender and CellBlender, you should perform the following steps. If you do it correctly, you should only need to do it once.

Delete All Objects to Start Clean

  • Hover your mouse over the 3D View window
  • Pressing the a key will toggle the selection of all objects
  • Hit a until all the objects are selected (highlighted in orange)
  • Press x key to delete and confirm by clicking Delete in the popup window

Set the Path to the MCell Executable File

  • Click the Preferences button in the upper left corner
  • Click the Set Path to MCell Binary button
  • Use the file navigator to find your MCell executable (binary) file
  • Select the MCell executable and click Set MCell Binary button in the upper right
  • Click the Preferences button in the upper left corner again to close the panel

Save the Startup File

  • File > Save Startup File
  • Confirm Save Startup File