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DAMBE for Macintosh computers

Please cite:

Xia X. 2018. DAMBE7: New and improved tools for data analysis in molecular biology and evolution. Molecular Biology and Evolution 35:1550–1552.

Installation instructions:

If you already have a working copy of DAMBE, e.g., DAMBE5 or DAMBE6, you just need to download this DAMBE.exe file and replace the old DAMBE.exe file already in your installed DAMBE by this new DAMBE.exe. To find the old DAMBE.exe, right click DAMBE5 or DAMBE6 and click "Show package contents". DAMBE.exe is in C:\program files\DAMBE directory.

New installation

For El Capitan:

Download DAMBE6.zip. Unzip it in a directory on your MAC (e.g., Applications). You will see DAMBE6. Click DAMBE6 to run DAMBE just as you would run any other Mac program.

For Sierra/High Sierra

DAMBE does run on MacOS Sierra/High Sierra. However, MacOS Sierra/High Sierra will prevent what you download here from running. For the time being there are three alternatives:

  • If you are in Ottawa, just come with your Mac and I will copy DAMBE6.app to your computer with a USB. This has always worked
  • If you have access to a MAC that still uses El Capitan or earlier, follow instruction above for El Capitan to get DAMBE working. Now use a USB to copy DAMBE6 to the new computer.
  • In Sierra/High Sierra, after trying to open DAMBE but the sysmtem won't let you, go to System Preferences > Security > "Open DAMBE Anyway" (or something along those lines) to bypass the error message (from one user, and confirmed by two other users).
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