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Platform X: Software Available on VM

Standard Research Software on VM

All Platform X VMs are delivered with the following software


Note: In addition to the standard software, the following System Administration Tools and Packages either come embedded within the Operating System or are installed by default

    • curl
    • default-jdk
    • default-jre
    • git
    • htop
    • python (3.x)
    • tmux
    • vim
    • wget
    • xrdp

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Additional Software Available

The complete software catalog is as follows and is subject to change. If a package indicates that it is not available for your OS of choice, please talk to us; if supported, we can add that capability for you.

Current software catalog
Publisher Component Linux Windows Notes
Open Source AMIDE Yes Yes
Microsoft Azure CLI Yes Yes
Microsoft AzCopy Yes Yes
Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Yes Yes
Microsoft Azure Data Studio No Yes
Google Chrome Yes Yes
Microsoft Edge No Yes
Open Source FSL Yes No Windows is supported via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
Open Source FreeSurfer Yes No Windows is supported via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
Open Source Git Yes Yes
Open Source JupyterLab Yes Yes
Mozilla Firefox Yes Yes
Open Source LibreOffice Yes N/A Microsoft Office equivalent for Linux
Microsoft Office 2021 N/A Yes Linux uses LibreOffice
JetBrains PyCharm Yes Yes
Anaconda anaconda Yes Yes Available as a self install
Anaconda miniconda Yes Yes Available as a self install
Open Source python Yes Yes
Open Source R Yes Yes
R Foundation RStudio Server Yes Yes
Microsoft VSCode Yes Yes
SAS Institute SAS No Yes
Mathworks MATLAB Yes Yes
StataCorp LLC Stata Yes No
Apache Airflow Yes Yes

The software I need isn't part of the current software catalog. Can I get it added?

If your project needs software not yet part of our software catalog, we can work with you to get that installed. As Platform X is a protected environment, you have limited ability to install software yourselves. The Infrastructure Support team can assist you.

Please contact: Platform X Support potal for assistance.

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Installing Conda on Windows or Linux

 Not sure if you need Miniconda or Anaconda? Check out conda documentation for how to choose.


  1. Navigate to Miniconda Downloads or Anaconda Downloads on a browser locally (not vm)
  2. Find the version you wish to install, for this example we will used Windows 64-bit. Right click on the Miniconda for Windows 64-bit link and select copy link address
  3. Open a browser on your VM and paste the copy linked address into the address bar and press return.
  4. Once downloaded, navigate to the file and open
  5. Select the defaults and choose install
  6. Once installation is complete deselect the Getting Started checkboxes and select next and finish.


  1. Download the installer:
    - Miniconda installer for Linux
    - Anaconda installer for Linux

  2. In your terminal window, run:





  3. Follow the prompts on the installer screens. If you are unsure about any setting, accept the defaults. You can change them later.

  4. To make the changes take effect, close and then re-open your terminal window.

  5. Test your installation. In your terminal window or Anaconda Prompt, run the command
    conda list
    A list of installed packages appears if it has been installed correctly.

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Help with VM software

If you're having issues starting software, please open a request in our service portal. Sorry, we cannot instruct you on the proper use of the software.

Platform X Open Virtual Lab Hours


Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 Central Time


Platform X open virtual lab hours are periods where members of the Platform X team will be available to answer questions or help with issues you have related to Platform X services.  

Registration is not required to visit during the open virtual lab hours.  You are free to come and go anytime during the scheduled period. 

Please feel free reach out to the Platform X team at Platform X Support if you have any questions about the lab hours. 


Zoom meeting info:

Meeting ID: 978 0317 6373
Passcode: 913181

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KeywordsSMPH, PlatformX, Virtual Machine, software   Doc ID133199
OwnerSheri A.GroupSMPH Research Informatics
Created2023-12-05 15:02:54Updated2024-06-05 12:47:45
SitesSMPH Research Informatics
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