Supported Applications


  • Description

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

  • Primary Citation*

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

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    Citation Note

    Additional references can be found on the XDS website.

  • Categories


  • Default Versions

    Linux 64 20170215
    OS X INTEL 20170215

  • Other Available Versions

    Linux 32 20140110
    Linux 64 20160617
    Linux 64 20161101
    Linux 64 20161205
    OS X INTEL 20160617
    OS X INTEL 20161101
    OS X INTEL 20161205

  • Developers

    Wolfgang Kabsch.

  • 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.

    β€œIt was just sitting there, looking at me,” says Kabsch, staff scientist emeritus in biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. β€œI 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 ...

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