GaussView At Home

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Accessing GaussView from at Home

If you have a college owned laptop or computer you will be able to access gaussview directly via the softward hub

However if you are at home using your own laptop or desktop there is a little more you need in place. This is due to licensing issues, GaussView can only be run on ICL owned computers.

If you have ANY problems contact us (Julian) at

  • Connect to the Imperial Network via VPN; look here how to set up the VPN connection for your operating system
  • You are going to connect to a Windows computer, so if you have a mac you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10. Follow the instructions here
  • You will be using one of the 2000 (in spaces such as the library and computer labs) college PCs, follow the link remotely accessible computers and you should see something like this:


  • Simply choose a computer which is currently free for remote control and click the connect button.
  • The following window should pop up, click download.

  • Double-click on the file to run it, windows users will have a security warning, complete the connection.

  • Mac users will need to open Microsoft Remote Desktop 10, drag the *.rdp file onto the windows app or manually import the downloaded .rdp file as shown below.

  • Once the file is loaded double click to open the conenction. Mac users may also have a security warning, complete the connection.

  • Now enter your college credentials. Windows users: enter ic\yourCollegeusername in the user name field. Mac users: just your username. Enter your college password.
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  • Mac users also can find more info on connecting here
  • If you are having issues regarding the screen resolution, go to this web-page and follow the instructions on the bottom of the page.
  • A browser window with the SoftwareHub should open automatically. If the browser is not opening, you need to go to the SoftwareHub manually You will again be asked for your college credentials.


  • Once you are on the SoftwareHub webpage search for Gaussian in the search panel in the top right corner. Two versions of Gaussian are available: Gaussian16 and Gaussian09. Once you started using one of the versions you should stick to it (there are slight differences in the outputs!)


  • Pressing the Launch button (see the red arrow next to the green button in image above) will open another window. Double click the GaussView executable. You are ready to set up your first calculation!


  • For people who might have used Gaussian earlier on Linux or Mac *.com files cannot be used as input on Windows, you will have to use *.gjf files
  • You might want to store your calculations either on your personal H drive or on OneDrive. Both should be connected upon logging into the college machine. This way you will be able to access your data from any other college machine or even from home.
  • Your H drive is located under "My computer".


  • OneDrive can be found in your user account on the C drive.