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       drawxtl - display crystal structures on ordinary computer hardware


       drawxtl [filename]


       drawxtl  reads  a  basic  description  of  the crystal structure, which includes unit-cell
       parameters, space group, atomic coordinates, thermal parameters  or  a  Fourier  map,  and
       outputs  a  geometry  object  that contains polyhedra, planes, lone-pair cones, spheres or
       ellipsoids, bonds, iso-surface Fourier contours and the unit-cell boundary.

       Four forms of graphics are produced:

       ·   an OpenGL window for immediate viewing

       ·   the Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-RAY) scene language for  publication-quality

       ·   the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) for dissemination across the Internet

       ·   Postscript  rendering  of the OpenGL window for those who want high-quality output but
           do not have POV-RAY installed


       There are no command line options to use.


              Per user configuration file.

       A short  tutorial  about  this  file  and  configuring  drawxtl  is  available  online  at


       When  opening  a  structures (.str) file, drawxtl needs write permissions in the directory
       the file is located in. Otherwise  it  will  return  an  error  ("Cannot  open  structures


       A  FAQ and a manual are available online in PDF and HTML format at the DRAWxtl homepage at


       Please cite DRAWxtl as follows:

              Larry W. Finger, Martin  Kroeker,  and  Brian  H.  Toby,  DRAWxtl,  an  open-source
              computer  program to produce crystal-structure drawings, J. Applied Crystallography
              V40, pp. 188-192, 2007.

       An        electronic        reprint         is         available         online         at


       Larry Finger <>
              Author of the program and the former version called “crystal”.

       Martin Kroeker <>
              Author of the original POV and VRML modifications.

       Brian Toby <>
              Author of the Fourier-contour code.

       Daniel Leidert <>
              Manpage author for the Debian system.


       Copyright © 2007-2009 Daniel Leidert

       This manual page was written for the Debian system (but may be used by others).

       Permission  is  granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of
       the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or (at your option) any later version  published
       by the Free Software Foundation.

       On  Debian  systems,  the  complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in