What is it

Neuronvisio is a Graphical User Interface for NEURON simulator environment with 3D capabilities. Neuronvisio makes easy to select and investigate sections’ properties and it offers easy integration with matplotlib for plotting the results.

The geometry can be saved using NeuroML and the computational results in a customised and extensible HDF5 format; the results can then be reload in the software and analysed in a later stage, without re-running the simulation.


  • 3D visualization of the model with the possibility to change it runtime
  • Creation of vectors to record any variables present in the section
  • Pylab integration to plot directly the result of the simulation
  • Exploration of the timecourse of any variable among time using a color coded scale
  • Saving the results simulation for later analysis
  • Automatic download and running of models in ModelDB

How to use it

Launch it from the terminal:

$ neuronvisio

then check the Getting Started section for more info.

How to cite Neuronvisio

The paper describing Neuronvisio has been published in Frontiers Neuroinformatics, here the text citation:


Mattioni M, Cohen U and Le Novère N (2012) Neuronvisio: a graphical user interface with 3D capabilities for NEURON. Front. Neuroinform. 6:20. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2012.00020

or get the BibTeX.

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