The Chemistry Development Kit (CDK) is a freely available open-source Java library for Structural Chemo- and Bioinformatics. Its architecture and capabilities as well as the development as an open-source project by a team of international collaborators from academic and industrial institutions is described. The CDK provides methods for many common tasks in molecular informatics, including 2D and 3D rendering of chemical structures, I/O routines, SMILES parsing and generation, ring searches, isomorphism checking, structure diagram generation, etc. Application scenarios as well as access information for interested users and potential contributors are given.
Steinbeck, C., Han, Y., Kuhn, S., Horlacher, O., Luttmann, E., & Willighagen, E. (2003). The Chemistry Development Kit (CDK): An open-source Java library for chemo- and bioinformatics. In Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences (Vol. 43, pp. 493–500). https://doi.org/10.1021/ci025584y