A new version of NeuroScope will soon be available
NeuroScope will soon become a pure Qt4 application. This means that you will again be able to easily install it on any recent GNU/Linux distribution, as well as on MacOS and Windows. Because this transition represents an enormous effort involving numerous people, it is difficult for us to estimate when new version will actually be available — hopefully within a few weeks.

Current pre-release snapshot packages for Kubuntu 12.04: shared libraries, application and mimetypes [last update 15/10/2013]

In the meantime...
Until the new version becomes available though, an interim solution for (K)Ubuntu was provided by our users (it is described below).

Developed by Lynn Hazan in G. Buzsáki's lab (CMBN, Rutgers Newark, USA).
Distributed under the General Public License (GPL).

If you use NeuroScope for your analyses, please be kind enough to cite the following article in your publications:

L. Hazan, M. Zugaro, G. Buzsáki (2006). Klusters, NeuroScope, NDManager: a Free Software Suite
for Neurophysiological Data Processing and Visualization
, J. Neurosci. Methods 155:207-216.

Click here for more screenshots (data provided by David Robbe and Sean Montgomery).


What is NeuroScope?
NeuroScope is an advanced viewer for electrophysiological and behavioral data: it can display local field potentials (EEG), neuronal spikes, behavioral events, as well as the position of the animal in the environment. It also features limited editing capabilities. NeuroScope is part of a larger data analysis framework, including Klusters (powerful and easy-to-use cluster cutting application) and NDManager. NeuroScope was developed by Lynn Hazan in G. Buzsáki's lab (CMBN, Rutgers Newark, USA).

How is NeuroScope distributed?
NeuroScope is a free software distributed under the General Public License (GPL).

Who uses NeuroScope?
NeuroScope is used to process neuronal recordings from the hippocampus and cortex by dozens of teams around the world, including those of G. Buzsáki (Univ. Rutgers, USA), M. Zugaro and S. Wiener (CNRS-Collège de France, France), A. Sirota (Univ. Tübingen, Germany), K. Benchenane (CNRS, France), K. Diba (Univ. Wisconsin, USA), D. Robbe (IDIBAPS, Spain), H. Hirase (RIKEN, Japan), D. Isbrandt (Univ. Hamburg, Germany), V. Crunelli (Univ. Cardiff, UK), G. Laurent (Caltech, USA), E. Kandel (Univ. Columbia, USA), J. Knierim (Univ. Johns Hopkins, USA) and many more...


Warning: NeuroScope requires Qt3 and kdelibs from KDE3, and can no longer run on recent GNU/Linux distributions that have dropped support for these libraries (including e.g. Kubuntu >=11.10). To solve this issue, the code will soon be ported to Qt4. In the meantime, please use (older) distributions that support Qt3 and kdelibs from KDE3.

Good news: Thanks to user feedback, a very simple solution is now available for more recent versions of (K)Ubuntu (>=11.10 Oneiric).

Supported Systems
NeuroScope was developed for GNU/Linux, but can also run on MacOS, and even on Windows, using a virtual machine such as VirtualBox (see instructions contributed by Lucile Belliveau).

Readily-installable packages are provided for (K)Ubuntu. For other platforms, you will need to compile the sources.

If you use a recent version of (K)Ubuntu (>=11.10 Oneiric), you can get kdelibs4c2a and its dependencies from the repositories for Lucid. This can be done either graphically using your favorite package manager, or at the command-line like this: (Thanks to C. Rodgers and C. Schmidt-Hieber).

Building from Source
Before you start, make sure you have a working building environment (GCC C++ compiler and GNU make). All distributions provide packages ready for installation. Use your favorite package manager to install them, either graphically (Synaptic, KPackageKit, YaST, etc.) or from the command-line (apt-get on Debian/Ubuntu, yum on Fedora/Redhat, etc.) Next, install the libraries and headers for kdelibs (KDE3), qt3 and libxml2. Again, use the packages provided by your distribution. Usually, packages for headers have the same name as those for libraries, followed by a suffix such as '-dev' or '-devel'.

The general procedure consists in extracting the archive, configuring the build process, building the sources, and installing:
   # tar xvzf neuroscope-1.3.5.tar.gz
   # cd neuroscope
   # ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix) --without-arts
   # make
   # su
     (type root password)
   # make install
Compiling NeuroScope requires KDE3 and libxml2 development libraries.

If you need help, contact Michaël Zugaro at michael.zugaro at college-de-france.fr

Getting Started

The user manual can be acessed in NeuroScope from the Help menu. It is also available online.

NeuroScope can be tested using these example files (16.7MB, courtesy of David Robbe).


Developer documentation (API) can be found in the source archive in the directory neuroscope-api/html. It is also available online.


June 29 2011 - NeuroScope 1.3.5
September 17 2007 - NeuroScope 1.3.3
February 28 2005 - NeuroScope 1.3.2
January 26 2005 - NeuroScope 1.3.1
December 30 2004 - NeuroScope 1.3
October 26 2004 - NeuroScope at SfN
October 11 2004 - NeuroScope 1.2.5
September 29 2004 - NeuroScope 1.2.4
September 13 2004 - NeuroScope 1.2.3

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