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xrayutilities is a collection of scripts used to analyze and simulate x-ray
diffraction data.  It consists of a Python package and several routines coded
in C. For analysis the package is especially useful for the reciprocal space
conversion of diffraction data taken with linear and area detectors. For
simulations code for X-ray reflectivity, kinematical and dynamical diffraction
simulation of crystal truncation rods as well as fundamental parameters powder
diffraction is included.

Copyright (C) 2009-2021 Dominik Kriegner <>

Copyright (C) 2009-2013 Eugen Wintersberger <>

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* *examples*:           directory with example scripts and configurations
* *lib/xrayutilities*:  directory with the sources for the Python package
* *tests*:              directory with the unittest scripts
* **:           setuptools install script used for the package installation

Installation (pip)
Using the python package manager pip you can install xrayutilities by executing

    pip install xrayutilities

or for a user installation (without admin access) use

    pip install --user xrayutilities

Installation (source)
Installing xrayutilities from source is an easy process done by executing

    pip install .

in the source folder of xrayutilities on the command line/terminal. Directly
calling ** by

    python install


    python install --prefix=<install_path>

is possible but you have to manually ensure that the dependencies are all
installed! The first command installs xrayutilities in the systems default
directories, whereas in the second command you can manually specify the
installation path.

By default the installation procedure tries to enable OpenMP support
(recommended). It is disabled silently if OpenMP is not available. It can also
be disable by using the *--without-openmp* option for the installation:

    pip install --global-option="--without-openmp" xrayutilities


    python --without-openmp install

The following requirements are needed for installing and using *xrayutilities*:

- Python (>= 3.6)
- h5py
- scipy (version >= 0.13.0)
- numpy (version >= 1.9)
- lmfit (>= 1.0.1, optional)
- matplotlib (optional, version >= 3.1.0)
- mayavi (optional, only used optionally in Crystal.show_unitcell)

When building from source you also might need:

- C-compiler (preferential with OpenMP support)
- Python dev headers
- setuptools
- tox (optional - only if you want to run the test environment)
- sphinx (optional - only when you want to build the documentation)
- numpydoc (optional - only when you want to build the documentation)
- rst2pdf (optional - only when you want to build the documentation)
- sphinx_rtd_theme (optional - only when you want to build the documentation)
- svglib (optional - only when you want to build the pdf documentation)

refer to your operating system documentation to find out how to install
those packages. On Microsoft Windows refer to the Documentation for the
easiest way of the installation (Anaconda, Python(x,y), or WinPython).

Python-2.7 and Python-3.X compatibility

The current development is for Python3 (version >=3.6) only. xrayutilities up
to version 1.5.x can be used with Python-2.7 as well. Python 3.3 to 3.5 was
supported up to 1.6.0.

The Python package configuration

The following steps should only be necessary when using non-default
installation locations to ensure the Python module is found by the Python
interpreter. In this case the module is installed under
*<prefix>/lib[64]/python?.?/site-packages* on Unix systems and
*<prefix>/Lib/site-packages* on Windows systems.

If you have installed the Python package in a directory unknown to your Python
distribution, you have to tell Python where to look for the Package.  There are
several ways how to do this:

- add the directory where the package is installed to your
  *PYTHONPATH* environment variable.

- add the path to sys.path in the *.pythonrc* file placed in your home

      import sys
      sys.path.append("path to the xrayutilities package")

- simply apply the previous method in every script where you want to
  use the xrayutilities package before importing the package

      import sys
      sys.path.append("path to the xrayutilities package")
      import xrayutilities

Obtaining the source code

The sources are hosted on sourceforge in git repository.

    git clone

to clone the git repository. If you would like to have commit rights
contact one of the administrators.


if you already installed xrayutilities you can update it by navigating into
its source folder and obtain the new sources by ::

    git pull

or download the new tarball from sourceforge
( if any code changed during the update you
need to reinstall the Python package. Thats easiest achieved by

    pip install .

In case you are not certain about the installation location it can be determined by

    python -c "import xrayutilities as xu; print xu.__file__"

if the output is e.g.: */usr/local/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/xrayutilities/*
you previously installed xrayutilities in */usr/local*, which should be used
again as install path. Use ::

    pip install --prefix=<path to install directory> .

to install the updated package.


Documentation for xrayutilities is found on the webpage

The API-documentation can also be browsed by

    pydoc -p PORT

in any web-browser, after the installation is finished.