Brief Instructions

After downloading ChemDoodle and running the EXE installer to install ChemDoodle, run ChemDoodle and follow the activation instructions. If you encounter any issues, please consult the Troubleshooting Common Installation Issues section.

ChemDoodle shortcuts.

Detailed Instructions – For those inexperienced with Windows

  1. Download ChemDoodle for Windows from the following link if you haven’t already done so. ChemDoodle is supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 or more recent.

    Download ChemDoodle v6.0.0 for Windows XP, Vista and 7
  2. ChemDoodle-windows-6.0.0.exe, a Windows installer, will be downloaded to your computer. You may check the MD5 checksum with the following number to verify your download.

    MD5 checksum: f6f3ed89e4d21e27880f99ebcaace117

  3. Open the folder that contains the downloaded installer and double-click the installer to run it. If you cannot find the ChemDoodle installer on your computer after downloading it, search your computer for files with “ChemDoodle” in its name.
    ChemDoodle Installer

    Search for files on Windows XP
    Search for files on Windows Vista
    Search for files on Windows 7

  4. After double-clicking on the ChemDoodle installer, you should see the following window. You may first be asked to give the installer permission to write to your computer, allow that access. You have the option here to disable the creation of a Desktop shortcut and Start Menu shortcuts. We recommend keeping the default settings. Click the Next> button to continue.
    Installer (first step)
  5. The next step in the installer will determine the location that ChemDoodle is installed to. The default path is recommended. Click the Next> button to continue.
    Installer (step 2)
  6. The installer will then install ChemDoodle. After it finishes you will be promted to open ChemDoodle, click Yes. The installer should automatically close if you chose Yes. If you chose No you will need to close the installer yourself by clicking the Close button.
    Installer (step 3)
  7. ChemDoodle has now been installed, and if you chose to install Desktop and Start Menu shortcuts, you will see them in the appropriate places. If you did not run ChemDoodle from the installer, double-click on the Desktop shortcut to start it now.
    ChemDoodle shortcuts.
  8. The first time you open ChemDoodle, you will be greeted with our software license. You may be asked to give ChemDoodle permission to make internet connections, allow that access. Please read and understand it, and then choose to accept it. If you see an error popup instead of the following image, please consult the Troubleshooting Common Installation Issues section.
    ChemDoodle Software License
  9. Type or copy and paste the activation code we provided to you when you purchased ChemDoodle, and then click the Verify button.
    Activation Window
  10. ChemDoodle will build and a confirmation screen and user’s guide will follow. Congratulations, ChemDoodle is now activated and ready to use at any time!

Uninstallation Instructions

  1. To uninstall ChemDoodle, simply run the Windows Uninstaller accessible from the Windows Start Menu, and provided in the ChemDoodle folder.


Troubleshooting Common Installation Issues

  1. Java is not installed. If you see a message similar to the following popup, then Java is not installed on your computer. You will need to install Java to run ChemDoodle. Java is free and can be installed quickly from www.java.com.
    Java is not Installed
  2. Java cannot allocate memory correctly. If you see a message similar to the following popup, then ChemDoodle is having problems allocating memory. Please consult with a Windows administrator and contact us if necessary.
    Memory Heap Error