How To Install cp2k on Kali Linux

In this tutorial we learn how to install cp2k on Kali Linux. cp2k is Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics


In this tutorial we learn how to install cp2k on Kali Linux.

What is cp2k

CP2K is a program to perform simulations of solid state, liquid, molecular and biological systems. It is especially aimed at massively parallel and linear scaling electronic structure methods and state-of-the-art ab-initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations.

CP2K is optimized for the mixed Gaussian and Plane-Waves (GPW) method based on pseudopotentials, but is able to run all-electron or pure plane-wave/Gaussian calculations as well. Features include:

Ab-initio Electronic Structure Theory Methods using the QUICKSTEP module:

  • Density-Functional Theory (DFT) energies and forces
  • Hartree-Fock (HF) energies and forces
  • Moeller-Plesset 2nd order perturbation theory (MP2) energies and forces
  • Random Phase Approximation (RPA) energies
  • Gas phase or Periodic boundary conditions (PBC)
  • Basis sets include various standard Gaussian-Type Orbitals (GTOs), Pseudo- potential plane-waves (PW), and a mixed Gaussian and (augmented) plane wave approach (GPW/GAPW)
  • Norm-conserving, seperable Goedecker-Teter-Hutter (GTH) and non-linear core corrected (NLCC) pseudopotentials, or all-electron calculations
  • Local Density Approximation (LDA) XC functionals including SVWN3, SVWN5, PW92 and PADE
  • Gradient-corrected (GGA) XC functionals including BLYP, BP86, PW91, PBE and HCTH120 as well as the meta-GGA XC functional TPSS
  • Hybrid XC functionals with exact Hartree-Fock Exchange (HFX) including B3LYP, PBE0 and MCY3
  • Double-hybrid XC functionals including B2PLYP and B2GPPLYP
  • Additional XC functionals via LibXC
  • Dispersion corrections via DFT-D2 and DFT-D3 pair-potential models
  • Non-local van der Waals corrections for XC functionals including B88-vdW, PBE-vdW and B97X-D
  • DFT+U (Hubbard) correction
  • Density-Fitting for DFT via Bloechl or Density Derived Atomic Point Charges (DDAPC) charges, for HFX via Auxiliary Density Matrix Methods (ADMM) and for MP2/RPA via Resolution-of-identity (RI)
  • Sparse matrix and prescreening techniques for linear-scaling Kohn-Sham (KS) matrix computation
  • Orbital Transformation (OT) or Direct Inversion of the iterative subspace (DIIS) self-consistent field (SCF) minimizer
  • Local Resolution-of-Identity Projector Augmented Wave method (LRIGPW)
  • Absolutely Localized Molecular Orbitals SCF (ALMO-SCF) energies for linear scaling of molecular systems
  • Excited states via time-dependent density-functional perturbation theory (TDDFPT)

Ab-initio Molecular Dynamics:

  • Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD)
  • Ehrenfest Molecular Dynamics (EMD)
  • PS extrapolation of initial wavefunction
  • Time-reversible Always Stable Predictor-Corrector (ASPC) integrator
  • Approximate Car-Parrinello like Langevin Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (Second-Generation Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (SGCP))

Mixed quantum-classical (QM/MM) simulations:

  • Real-space multigrid approach for the evaluation of the Coulomb interactions between the QM and the MM part
  • Linear-scaling electrostatic coupling treating of periodic boundary conditions
  • Adaptive QM/MM

Further Features include:

  • Single-point energies, geometry optimizations and frequency calculations
  • Several nudged-elastic band (NEB) algorithms (B-NEB, IT-NEB, CI-NEB, D-NEB) for minimum energy path (MEP) calculations
  • Global optimization of geometries
  • Solvation via the Self-Consistent Continuum Solvation (SCCS) model
  • Semi-Empirical calculations including the AM1, RM1, PM3, MNDO, MNDO-d, PNNL and PM6 parametrizations, density-functional tight-binding (DFTB) and self-consistent-polarization tight-binding (SCP-TB), with or without periodic boundary conditions
  • Classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations in microcanonical ensemble (NVE) or canonical ensmble (NVT) with Nose-Hover and canonical sampling through velocity rescaling (CSVR) thermostats
  • Metadynamics including well-tempered Metadynamics for Free Energy calculations
  • Classical Force-Field (MM) simulations
  • Monte-Carlo (MC) KS-DFT simulations
  • Static (e.g. spectra) and dynamical (e.g. diffusion) properties
  • ATOM code for pseudopotential generation
  • Integrated molecular basis set optimization

CP2K does not implement conventional Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD).

There are three ways to install cp2k on Kali Linux . We can use apt-get, apt and aptitude. In the following sections we will describe each method. You can choose one of them.

Install cp2k Using apt-get

Update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt database, We can install cp2k using apt-get by running the following command:

sudo apt-get -y install cp2k

Install cp2k Using apt

Update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, We can install cp2k using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install cp2k

Install cp2k Using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Kali Linux. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating apt database, We can install cp2k using aptitude by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install cp2k

How To Uninstall cp2k on Kali Linux

To uninstall only the cp2k package we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove cp2k

Uninstall cp2k And Its Dependencies

To uninstall cp2k and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, we can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove cp2k

Remove cp2k Configurations and Data

To remove cp2k configuration and data from Kali Linux we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y purge cp2k

Remove cp2k configuration, data, and all of its dependencies

We can use the following command to remove cp2k configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge cp2k



In this tutorial we learn how to install cp2k using different package management tools like apt, apt-get and aptitude.