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bruread: an NMR spectrum viewer for Bruker XWIN-NMR files

What is this?


bruread is a program that implements the routines to read and display NMR data in the Bruker XWIN-NMR format. You can display either the real or the imaginary part of the spectrum, or the FID.

The program has a command-line interface and a simple graphic display based on gnuplot. It supports mouse zoom and manual peak annotation.

Please note that this is only an NMR spectrum viewer and not a full-fledged data evaluation suite: there is no peak detection, no integration, no sophisticated menu etc. (but since the source code is available, feel free to add all this ;-)


At a glance

Technical Details

System Requirements

To build the software, only a C compiler is required; please see the documentation.

The graphic display makes use of gnuplot, a free software for scientific data plotting. You need version 4 or later.

Status: Production

The software exists since 2003. It is stable. A few extensions - options for the display of NMR spectra of inorganic compounds, export to plain-text files - were introduced in 2010: Thanks to Martin Kroeker.

How to get it


This software is Free Software and are published under Version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL). You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms, which ensures that its source code is free and that any derivatization, or implementation of it in other software, will also remain free.

The difference between "free software" and "freeware" is of legal importance. If you do not understand any portion of this license, please seek appropriate professional legal advice. If you do not or if - for any reason - you can not accept all of the conditions of the GPL, then you must not use nor distribute this software.

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Since early 2009, this project is hosted at To download, you have several possibilities:


The author is Jörg Hau.