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Open Babel is a project designed to pick up where Babel left off, as a cross-platform program and library designed to interconvert between many file formats used in molecular modeling, computational chemistry, and many related areas.

Features currently include:

Currently does NOT (yet):

  • Generate coordinates for SMILES strings. (i.e., all coordinates will be zero when converting from a SMILES string or other "0D format".)
  • Handle 2D→3D conversion (and coordinate generation).
  • Offer all features of SMARTS
  • Function completely bug-free.
  • Handle a variety of important file formats.
  • Make coffee.

Interested? We're just getting started--there's still plenty to do.

Heredity: In the beginning there was Babel. And it was useful, liked by many and lived many years. And eventually there was OBabel which never saw the light of day. And OBabel lead to OELib. This was good and open and free. And into this day, what was OELib has become Open Babel and will remain free and open.

So maybe it's not an epic story. But it's a continuing one. Many thanks to many previous contributors! and please feel free to contribute to its future development.

Suggestions, comments? Contact the openbabel-discuss mailing list.