Computerized Anatomical Reconstruction and Editing Toolkit

This software allows for creating, viewing and manipulating surface reconstructions of the cerebral and cerebellar cortex, viewing volumes and for displaying experimental data on the surfaces and volumes. While Caret is primarily a GUI application with ‘caret_command’ there is also a versatile command line tool, that allows access to a substantial proportion of Caret’s functionality.

Caret can download and use stereotaxic atlases (human, monkey, mouse and rat) from an open online database.

Some functionality of Caret is only available when additional data files, provided by the caret-data package, are available. This includes:

  • Map volumes to surface via PALS atlas
  • Multi-resolution morphing
  • Projection of foci via PALS atlas
  • Surface-based registration
  • Surface flattening

Currently the caret-data package is only available from the NeuroDebian repository. Please see for more information.

Additional information
  • David C. Van Essen, Heather A. Drury, James Dickson, John Harwell, Donna Hanlon, Charles H. Anderson (2001). An Integrated Software Suite for Surface-based Analyses of Cerebral Cortex. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, 8(5): 443-459. URL

Maintainer information

This software package is maintained for (Neuro)Debian by the follow individuals and/or groups:

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NeuroDebian Maintainers
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Michael Hanke
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Yaroslav Halchenko

In order to get support, or to get in touch with a maintainer, please click the ‘Help’ button at the top of the page.

Advanced user information

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Package availability chart
Distribution Base version Our version Architectures
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-2~nd60+1 i386, amd64
Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3 5.6.4~dfsg.1-2~nd70+1 i386, amd64
Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (jessie) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3 5.6.4~dfsg.1-2~nd70+1 i386, amd64
Debian testing (stretch) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3    
Debian unstable (sid) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3 5.6.4~dfsg.1-2~nd+1 i386, amd64
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx” (lucid) 5.6.1~dfsg.1-4ubuntu2 5.6.4~dfsg.1-1~nd10.04+1 i386, amd64
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” (precise) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-1ubuntu3    
Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” (trusty) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3ubuntu3    
Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” (utopic) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3ubuntu3    
Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” (vivid) 5.6.4~dfsg.1-3ubuntu3    
The source code for this portal is licensed under the GPL-3 and is available on GitHub.