Particle physics software

When starting out in high energy physics or, when getting a new computer, there’s some essential software and other useful apps to install. This list is provides short summary of software, mostly targeted at mac users.

Essential software:

  • ROOT is the standard data analysis framework used at CERN
  • XCode developer tools, usually pre-installed with OSX
  • TeXworks for word processing and other LaTeX applications
  • Vidyo for conference calls
  • XQuartz for X11 forwarding which may now come pre-installed on OSX

Useful software: