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August 2, 2023

We're back! Molecules has been rewritten in Swift and Metal for modern iOS versions and devices. It now uses a standard file browser and can access molecular model files on your local device, iCloud, and other sources.


January 31, 2019

- Added support for the new Retina iPad to the rendering engine and artwork. - Added a color key for elements to iPad interface. - Slightly improved rendering fidelity on iPhone 4S and iPad 2. - Fixed a few minor rendering glitches.


June 2, 2011

- Rendering performance in the new engine has been dramatically improved, 3-6 times what it was in the previous version.


May 17, 2011

- Reenabled two finger panning of models in the new rendering engine, while still allowing zooming and rotation from the center of the screen at all times. - Fixed a rendering glitch where sometimes the shadowing would appear too dark for a model. - Fixed occasional rendering glitches with pinch zooming.


May 9, 2011

- An all-new rendering engine provides realistic renderings of molecules, drawing true spheres and cylinders using ambient occlusion shadowing. This engine works on newer iOS devices, but older devices can still use the original renderer. - NCBI's PubChem has been added as a retrieval source for smaller molecules. - The user interface has been streamlined and enhanced. - More elements are now supported in downloaded structures. - A few incorrect bonds in nucleotides and amino acid residues have been fixed.


January 11, 2011

- Improved rotation performance. - Added compatibility with multitasking. - Added Retina display support. - Fixed search when only one result is returned from the PDB. - Fixed rendering of bonds for certain amino acid residues. - Fixed errant and missing bonds from custom bond locations. - Visualization mode now persists across different molecules.


June 1, 2010

Added iTunes filesharing support for iPad. Can now handle files with .pdb and .pdb.gz extensions on iPad. Fixed a potential crashing bug with the visualization options sheet on iPhone.


April 1, 2010

iPad interface has been added. Performing searches using more than one keyword has been fixed.


September 8, 2009

Rendering performance has been significantly improved. A faster, relevance-based keyword search is now used for the Protein Data Bank. Molecules can now continually animate about their vertical axis. Several reported crashes have been fixed. Slight interface improvements have been made.


January 8, 2009

A fix has been added to prevent the application from crashing when a portion of the Protein Data Bank search query fails. The French localization has also been updated.

Price History of Molecules

Description of Molecules

Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes. Molecules can be stored on your handheld device for later viewing and are loaded via a standard document-based file browser. Custom molecular structures can be downloaded to the application via file sharing or iCloud, and obtained via sources like the RCSB Protein Data Bank (, an international repository of biological molecules and their 3-D structures, or NCBI's PubChem (, a public database of compounds. For more details, please visit our website. Molecules is a BSD-licensed open source project.
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Molecules: FAQ

Does Molecules have support for iPad devices?

Yes, Molecules can be used on an iPad.
Brad Larson developed the Molecules app.
Molecules minimum iOS requirement is iOS 16.0.
Molecules has an average rating of 3.6 out of 5.
The Primary Genre Of The Molecules App Is Education.
The latest version of Molecules is 3.0.
The most recent update for Molecules was released on July 23, 2024.
The release date of the app was on February 6, 2023.
Suitable for children aged 4 and up, contains no objectionable material.
You can use the Molecules app in English.
No, Molecules is not available on Apple Arcade.
No, Molecules does not offer in-app purchases.
No, Molecules does not support compatibility with Apple Vision Pro.

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Reviews of Molecules

  • This is dead

    This application hasn’t been updated for EIGHT YEARS!
  • Excited about molecules

    Love this app so much but now Apple says I can’t use it until it’s updated to iOS 11. Can you all please update this app so it complies with iOS 11 standards? Please and thank you :)
  • Update Please

    I would love to use this app again.