Won't Optimize Any molecules

For any molecule I try to optimize I get the error message:

Error interpreting Open Babel output.

Avogadro was installed via:
sudo apt-get install avogadro

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You don’t mention what version was installed by apt-get - the latest Debian / Ubuntu package is 1.96, which is recommended for all users.

I suspect highly that you’re using an old version, likely 1.93 or older.

There are also AppImage and Flatpak packages:

Sorry, it’s 1.94.0. I didn’t realize I could just download an AppImage for 1.96.0, so I just did that (had trouble compiling from scratch). Problem solved. Thanks!