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  • Description

    (X-ray Detector Software) a software tool for processing single-crystal monochromatic diffraction data recorded by the rotation method.

  • Installation

    Use the following command to install this title with the CLI client: $ sbgrid-cli install xds Copy to clipboard Available operating systems: Linux 64, OS X INTEL
  • Primary Citation*

    W. Kabsch. 2010. XDS. Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological crystallography. 66(2): 125-132.

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  • Citation Note

    Additional citation information can be found on the XDS website.

  • Tales

    Escape from the Darkroom

    Escape from the Darkroom

    As Wolfgang Kabsch headed for the darkroom, facing another day of developing films of Xray diffraction patterns, he passed by a new machine sitting on a bench, unused. It was the mid-1980s and the machine was an early electronic Xray detector, full of new technology but lacking the software to make it usable.

    “It was just sitting there, looking at me,” says Kabsch, staff scientist emeritus in biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. “I decided rather than wasting my time in the darkroom, I could program the detector to do something useful.”

    Kabsch's efforts led to the development of XDS, Xray Detector Software. First released in 1986, the tool is still widely used today to translate raw Xray data from a variety of detectors into …

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  • Webinars

    Topic: Crystallographic data processing with XDS, using XDSGUI
    Presenter: Kay Diederichs, Professor, Universität Konstanz

    Host: Jason Key
    Recorded on May 5, 2020

    Presenter: Kay Diederichs, University of Konstanz, Germany
    Topic: Principles of data processing with XDS.

    Presented as part of:
    SBGrid/NE-CAT 2014: Data Processing in Crystallography
    June 5-6, 2014

    Topic: Last chance strategies in data processing
    Presenter: Dominika Borek, UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Presented as part of:
    SBGrid/NE-CAT 2014: Data Processing in Crystallography
    June 5-6, 2014

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  • Default Versions

    Linux 64:  20230630 (317.3 MB)
    OS X INTEL:  20230630 (112.3 MB)

  • Other Versions

      Linux 64:

    • OS X INTEL:

      20230630_arm (40.1 MB)
  • Developers

    Wolfgang Kabsch