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MASSIVE Launcher

The MASSIVE/CVL Launcher is a cross-platform application which launches the MASSIVE Desktop by programmatically requesting a visualisation node on the MASSIVE server, creating an SSH tunnel and launching TurboVNC. The Launcher can also be used to connect to the Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL).

DISCLAIMER: The MASSIVE/CVL Launcher is a prototype that may contain bugs, and may fail to display important error messages which would otherwise be displayed in a Terminal window. If you have any issues, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


  1. Install TurboVNC if it is not already installed.
  2. If running Mac OS X, you will need to install a Java Runtime Environment if you don't already have one.
  3. Download and install the MASSIVE Launcher for your system.

Download - Stable

The latest version is v0.5.0.

Note: Users will usernames longer than 8 characters should use the Beta version further down the page.

Download MASSIVE/CVL Launcher for Windows MASSIVE Launcher v0.5.0p5.exe
Windows Firewall may try to block the SSH tunnel, but this can easily be unblocked.

Download MASSIVE/CVL Launcher for Mac OS X MASSIVE Launcher v0.5.0p6.dmg
Close any previously installed instances of the MASSIVE Launcher,
drag the MASSIVE Launcher application icon to your Applications folder,
and then drag the MASSIVE Launcher disk image icon to the Trash to eject it.

Download MASSIVE/CVL Launcher for Linux (i686) :

Download MASSIVE/CVL Launcher for Linux (AMD64) :



For Ubuntu up to 12 use one of the standard deb packages, and for Ubuntu 13+ use the special Ubuntu 13+ package.


To install the deb and it doesn't look for dependencies (as apt-get would). So the usual way to install is:

1. sudo dpkg -i launcher.deb
2. sudo apt-get -f install
3. sudo dpkg -i launcher.deb

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Download - Beta

There is now a newly rebranded version of the MASSIVE Launcher called Strudel. MASSIVE is transitioning to using Strudel for desktop access. Feel free to trial it and give us feedback.