Scripts and interfaces

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There is a number of script and graphical interfaces for the XDS package.


the first published interface, by Petri Kursula (XDSi: a graphical interface for the data processing program XDS. (2004) J. Appl. Cryst. 37, 347-348). gives 2007 as last modification date.


Tcl/Tk interface by Michael Krug (Welte/Diederichs lab). Unfortunately same name. Can process multiple datasets.


python script programmed at BESSY.


script in use at SSRL (Stanford) . See [A Quick XDS Tutorial for SSRL]. Download: ; download , too!


script developed by Michel Fodje at Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (Saskatoon)


by Pierre Legrand at SOLEIL (French synchrotron): web address:

Here's a short description of the program:

xdsme is a collection of python scripts made to simplify the processing of crystal diffraction images with the XDS Program Package. Provided that the diffraction parameters are well recorded in the diffraction image headers, XDS data processing can be started with a simple command line like:

$ xdsme pos1_1_???.img

Supported detector image format include: ADSC, MARCCD, MAR345 + experimental for PILATUS, SATURN, RAXIS and MAR555.

  • xdsme (, and for data processing, scaling and file conversion.
  • for the goniometer setting calculation (to work with different type of goniometer including Kappa, mini-Kappa, Euler...).
  • or ... (for conversion of orientation matrices)