NIH Blueprint: The Human Connectome Project

Using Connectome Workbench

Connectome Workbench is an open source, freely available visualization and discovery tool used to map neuroimaging data, especially data generated by the Human Connectome Project. The distribution includes wb_command, a command-line program for performing a variety of algorithmic tasks using volume, surface, and grayordinate data.

Workbench Beta version 0.85 is available for download: Get Workbench Beta now.

New features of Workbench beta v0.85

  • CIFTI-2 compatibility, including the wb_command -cifti-convert --version-convert to convert between CIFTI-1 and CIFTI-2
  • Source code now available on GitHub (GPL v2 license):
  • New capabilities for displaying charts for data series, matrix, and time series files
  • Scene file dialog contains new features, including thumbnail images of scenes for easier navigation
  • Border creation/editing improvements, including an undo function
  • Improvements to surface and volume clipping

Workbench allows you to explore data and activity on the surface, as well as in the volume of the brain. Connectome Workbench works seamlessly with ConnectomeDB to import averaged data from a group of subjects and view that data on a group averaged brain atlas in Workbench. In future versions of the software, users will be able to use Workbench to display and analyze functional task and connectivity, diffusion, and behavioral data from single subjects or groups of subjects defined by a user-initiated search of ConnectomeDB.

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Software Plaftorm

The Workbench visualization platform and wb_command utilities are open-source and written in C++ by software developers in the Van Essen Laboratory at Washington University. (License)

Release Dates

We are currently beta testing Connectome Workbench Beta v0.85 (released April 7, 2014; available for MacOSX, Linux, Windows platforms). Also available to use with Workbench are:

  • WB tutorial & user guide and HCP sample data available from ConnectomeDB
  • WB v0.85-compatible Group average functional connectivity dataset and dense connectome files available from ConnectomeDB

Source Code

Download the source code for Connectome Workbench from our GitHub repository: