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CrystalExplorer is a versatile and powerful tool for the analysis of crystal structures.

It can be used to investigate many areas of solid-state chemistry including:

  • Intermolecular interactions
  • Polymorphism
  • Effects of pressure and temperature on crystal structures
  • Single-crystal to Single-crystal reactions
  • Analyzing crystal voids
  • Structure-property relationships

See the list of publications to find out how the CrystalExplorer community uses it.

Getting started

  • Our Quick Start Guide CE17 will get you up and running with CrystalExplorer17.
  • Find out what's new in CrystalExplorer17.
  • Got a question about CrystalExplorer? See our FAQ and the known issues page.
  • For more details, including some of the theory, see our Online User's Manual.
  • Information relating to previous versions of CrystalExplorer can be found in the Archives.


We are eager to make using CrystalExplorer a productive and enjoyable experience.

  • Why not create an account and improve this wiki by editing and adding information about CrystalExplorer?
    • Feel free to ask questions on the FAQ page, or
    • Suggest changes by clicking on the discussion tab of any page.


Many people have contributed to the success of CrystalExplorer.

We kindly request you cite CrystalExplorer if it has been important to your work.