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The Raster3D molecular graphics package consists of a core program render and a number of ancillary programs that read atomic coordinates from PDB (Protein Data Bank) files to produce scene descriptions for input to render. Raster3D can also render images composed using other programs such as Molscript and XtalView.

Raster3D is currently maintained by Ethan A. Merritt.

The latest available version is: Raster3D V2.7s (2008-03-07)

Programs in the Raster3D package

  • avs2ps
  • balls
  • label3d
  • normal3d
  • rastep
  • render
  • ribbon
  • rings3d
  • rods
  • stereo3d


  • Create a simple, colour-coded PNG image of a PDB structure:
molauto 1KP8.pdb | molscript -r | render -bg white -size 300x300 -png 1KP8.png


  • original implementation: Bacon DJ, Anderson WF (1988). "A Fast Algorithm for Rendering Space-Filling Molecule Pictures". Journal of Molecular Graphics 6:219-220.
  • version 2.0: Merritt EA, Murphy MEP (1994). "Raster3D Version 2.0: A Program for Photorealistic Molecular Graphics". Acta Cryst D50:869-873.
  • version 2.3: Merritt EA, Bacon DJ (1997). "Raster3D: Photorealistic Molecular Graphics". Methods in Enzymology 277:505-524.

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