Centre for Computational Evolution

BEAST v2.5.2 major update is out

08 February 2019

Dear BEAST user,

We are pleased to announce the release of BEAST v2.5.2. The main changes are:

  • More robust release for Windows that includes JRE
  • Fix AppLauncher for OS X
  • Robustify start scripts for OS X, Linux
  • Implement rate parameterisation for uncorrelated relaxed clock model
  • Improved error messages
  • Pass -Xss arguments through launchers to set stack size
  • DOIs point to preferred resolver
  • Fix multi-threading issue with parameteric distributions
  • Remove posterior ESS from screen log


More details are available here: http://www.beast2.org/2019/02/08/what-is-new-in-v2.5.2.html

You can download this version of BEAST from here: 


and choose the version for your operating system. 

Note that BEAST 2 requires Java 8 (or higher, though especially for OS X Java 8 is recommended), which can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

BEAST core development team