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_view, a GUI-based visualiation platform, and wb_command, a command-line program for performing a variety of algorithmic tasks using volume, surface, and grayordinate data. wb_command is necessary for running HCP data processing pipelines.

Workbench version 1.3.1 is available for download for 64-bit Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux: Get Connectome Workbench now.

Changes in Workbench v1.3.1


New Features

  • Scene numbers using a file added next to files in scene "list files" window
  • Scenes "replace all" no longer shows tab highlight outline in captured previews
  • Builds with older QT5 no longer have very large overlay toolbox by default

Bug Fixes

  • fixed wb_view crash when loading label volumes
  • Settings synchronized across overlay settings windows that refer to the same file


New Features

  • -*-roi-from-extrema commands give warnings when output has no maps
  • -volume-set-space now has a -file option to take space information from another volume
  • -volume-math copies timestep from input files

Bug Fixes

  • bash completion for wb_shortcuts should now work reliably
  • wb_shortcuts -cifti-demean should not give warnings about extensions for temporary files

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 Platform

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

Connectome Workbench v1.3.1 update has been released as of June 5, 2018 and is 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-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: