The Chemistry Development Kit (CDK): An open-source Java library for chemo- and bioinformatics

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Abstract

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.

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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

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