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Original author(s)Vernalis R&D
Developer(s)University of York, University of Barcelona
Initial release1998; 26 years ago (1998)
Stable release
2013.1 / June 13, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-06-13)
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux
TypeProtein–ligand docking

rDock (previously RiboDock) is an open-source molecular docking software that be used for docking small molecules against proteins and nucleic acids. It is primarily designed for high-throughput virtual screening and prediction of binding mode.


The development of rDock started in 1998 in RiboTargets (later Vernalis (R&D) Ltd).[1] The software was originally called RiboDock.[2] The development went on until 2006 when the software was licensed to University of York for academic distribution and also maintenance.

Six years later, in 2012, Vernalis and University of York decided to release rDock as open-source software to allow its further development by the wider community. The version that was released as open source is developed and supported by University of Barcelona on SourceForge.[3] The development on SourceForge stalled after June 2014 and the repository is considered deprecated after the migration to GitHub.[4][5]

A fork named RxDock continued the development of rDock from April 2019 until March 2022 on GitLab.[6][7][8] As of April 2022, the RxDock project development activity is very low.[9]

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  1. ^ "About | rDock". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  2. ^ Morley SD, Afshar M (March 2004). "Validation of an empirical RNA-ligand scoring function for fast flexible docking using RiboDock(r)". Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design. 18 (3): 189–208. Bibcode:2004JCAMD..18..189M. doi:10.1023/B:JCAM.0000035199.48747.1e. PMID 15368919. S2CID 11935115.
  3. ^ Ruiz-Carmona S, Alvarez-Garcia D, Foloppe N, Garmendia-Doval AB, Juhos S, Schmidtke P, Barril X, Hubbard RE, Morley SD (April 2014). Prlic A (ed.). "rDock: a fast, versatile and open source program for docking ligands to proteins and nucleic acids". PLOS Computational Biology. 10 (4): e1003571. Bibcode:2014PLSCB..10E3571R. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003571. PMC 3983074. PMID 24722481.
  4. ^ "rDock / SVN / Commit [r24]". sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  5. ^ "Download | rDock". Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  6. ^ "RxDock". rxdock.gitlab.io. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  7. ^ "RxDock / RxDock". GitLab. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  8. ^ "Project: Modernization, modularization, and active maintenance of RxDock, a fast, versatile, and open-source program for docking ligands to proteins and nucleic acids (April 2019 – March 2022) (Research - RxTx)". rxtxresearch.github.io. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  9. ^ "The RxDock Open Source Project on Open Hub". www.openhub.net. Retrieved 2022-04-24.

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