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Developer(s) OpenChrom development team
Initial release April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) (v0.1.0)[1][2]
Stable release

1.3.0  (August 8, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-08-08))

Preview release 1.3.0-Prev  (April 17, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-04-17)) [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Multi-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
CDS software
License(s) Eclipse Public License 1.0

OpenChrom is free extensible (via plug-ins) open-source chromatography and mass spectrometry software designed to natively handle mass spectrometry system data files.[3]

Product history

OpenChrom was created to resolve the constraints of accessing, managing, and representing mass spectral data (as well as accessing the algorithms used to process the data) from propriety closed systems, typically limited to certain software platforms.[4] Version 0.1.0, the first public release, became available on April 12, 2010.[1] In August, OpenChrom won additional funds to continue development via the Thomas Krenn Open Source Förderung competition.[5] OpenChrom won another award on March 21, 2011, in the form of The Eclipse Foundation's award for "Best RCP Application."[6]


Features include[3]:

  • native handling of chromatographic data
  • data import and export
  • batch processing
  • baseline detection
  • peak detection and integration
  • filtering
  • extensible via plug-ins
  • advanced GUI

Hardware/software requirements

Current requirements include[7]:

  • Java 7
  • 1GB RAM
  • 20GB HDD space
  • 1GHz processor

Videos, screenshots, and other media


Screenshots can be found on the project website.

OpenChrom also has a number of available plug-ins.

Entities using OpenChrom

Further reading

External links

OpenChrom can also be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "OpenChrom - Files". Sourceforge. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. "OpenChrom Versions". Wenig, Philip. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "OpenChrom". Wenig, Philip. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. Wenig, Philip; Odermatt, Juergen (2010). "OpenChrom: a cross-platform open source software for the mass spectrometric analysis of chromatographic data". BMC Bioinformatics 11: 405. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-11-405. 
  5. "Thomas Krenn Open Source Förderung 2010". Thomas-Krenn.AG. 30 June 2010.örderung_2010. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  6. "Eclipse Community Awards Winners Announced". The Eclipse Foundation. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  7. "OpenChrom System Prerequisites". Wenig, Philip. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.