Download NCL binaries and/or source code

Version 6.2.0 is the current version --- [full list of available binaries]

NCL is available for free as pre-compiled binaries for various UNIX systems or as source code on the Earth System Grid website:

http://www.earthsystemgrid.org

NCL and NCAR Graphics are available as one package and collectively referred to as "NCL".

To download and install NCL on your system, you need to:


Request an ESG account

The NCL 6.2.0 binaries and source code are hosted on the Earth System Grid (ESG) system.

If this is your first visit to the Earth System Grid, a short registration is required. To register, go to:

http://www.earthsystemgrid.org

and look on the right side of the page under "Quick Links" for "Create Account".


Download source code or the appropriate binaries for your system

  1. Go to www.earthsystemgrid.org
  2. Click on "NCL: NCAR Command Language" (bottom middle of page).
  3. Click on "NCL Version 6.2.0" or the version you're interested in.
  4. Click on whether you want an OPeNDAP binary, a non-OPeNDAP binary, or source code. If you don't know what OPeNDAP is, then you probably don't need it. For Cygwin, the only binary we have is under the OPeNDAP link.
  5. Click on "Download Files"
  6. Enter your account name, something like "https://www.earthsystemgrid.org/myopenid/haley" and then your password.
  7. Click on "Accept License".
  8. Click on "Download individual files".
  9. Click on the "download" button to the right of the filename of interest. This will start downloading the file.

Depending on what you downloaded, read one or both of the following sections on installing NCL binaries or building NCL from source code.


Special notes for MacOS, LINUX, and Cygwin systems

Please see these special notes regarding MacOS, LINUX, and Cygwin systems:


Install the NCL binaries on your system

--- See the full list of available binaries ---

If you downloaded one or more NCL binaries, see the install NCL document on installing your software.

Systems Supported

  • Linux (i686, x86_64, IA64 systems, gcc/gfortran v4.2.x or later (see Linux notes)
  • MacOSX (Intel, 32 and 64 bit) (see MacOSX notes)
  • Windows under Cygwin Unix emulator (see Cygwin notes)


Build and install NCL from source code

If you downloaded the NCL source code, see the build NCL from source code document.


Help on installation questions

For questions about installing, building, or porting NCL, post to the ncl-install@ucar.edu email list. You will need to subscribe first.


NCL binary and source licenses