Chemistry Development Kit

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The Chemistry Development Kit is an open source Java library for Chemoinformatics and Bioinformatics. It is available for Windows, Unix, and Mac OS. It is distributed under the GNU LGPL.


The CDK was created in 2000 by Christoph Steinbeck, Egon Willighagen and Dan Gezelter, the developers of Jmol and JChemPaint, to provide a common code base.

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  • Steinbeck, C.; Han, Y. Q.; Kuhn, S.; Horlacher, O.; Luttmann, E.; Willighagen, E.L. The Chemistry Development Kit (CDK): An open-source Java library for chemo- and bioinformatics. Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences 2003, 43, 493-500. doi:10.1021/ci025584y Entrez PubMed 12653513
  • Steinbeck, C.; Hoppe, C.; Kuhn, S.; Floris, M.; Guha, R.; Willighagen, E.L. Recent developments of the chemistry development kit (CDK) - an open-source java library for chemo- and bioinformatics.. Current pharmaceutical design 2006, 12, 2111-20. doi:10.2174/138161206777585274 Entrez PubMed 16796559

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