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What Is NeuroDebian?

NeuroDebian is a community effort to provide a fully-integrated computational environment for neuroscience research. It features software packages that are made for the Debian operating system, but can also be found in Ubuntu, and other derivatives.

This website offers an additional service that helps scientists to set up and use a NeuroDebian-based computing environment on any major operating system with up-to-date software and data packages for MRI, electrophysiology, computational modeling of neural systems, psychophysics, and more.

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Get NeuroDebian

Answer a few question and you’ll have NeuroDebian running in a few minutes.

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Instructions for systems with built-in NeuroDebian built

You can enable NeuroDebian by installing the neurodebian package that already comes with your operating system. You can do so by, for example, running this command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install neurodebian

Installing this package will automatically configure NeuroDebian as an additional software repository alongside your standard configuration.

Instructions for Debian-derived systems
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NeuroDebian can be enabled on your system as an additional software repository. Run the following two commands in a terminal (copy & paste is fine). This will download the appropriate configuration based on your selection above, and will also register NeuroDebian’s cryptographic key that is used to verify the integrity of our software packages.

After selecting a release the setup code will be shown here.

Lastly, update the package index and you are ready to install packages:

sudo apt-get update

You are ready to go – enjoy NeuroDebian!

Instructions for non-Debian systems

On your system NeuroDebian works best as a virtual appliance (virtual machine), a program that runs like any other application on your computer. Today’s computers can run such appliances without noticeable performance loss. To get started:

  1. Download this image file (~700 MB):
  1. Import this image into VirtualBox. If you do not have VirtualBox installed yet, visit the VirtualBox download page and get an installer for your system (installers for Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris are available).
  2. Finish the configuration by following the instructions on setting up the virtual appliance. [Virtual machine setup video tutorial]

You are ready to go – enjoy NeuroDebian!


If you want a verified stable (but older) virtual appliances based on Debian 7.8 (wheezy) release, download one of the image files listed below.

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The source code for this portal is licensed under the GPL-3 and is available on GitHub.