Presenting your structures: the CCP4mg molecular-graphics software

Acta Crystallogr D Biol Crystallogr. 2011 Apr;67(Pt 4):386-94. doi: 10.1107/S0907444911007281. Epub 2011 Mar 18.


CCP4mg is a molecular-graphics program that is designed to give rapid access to both straightforward and complex static and dynamic representations of macromolecular structures. It has recently been updated with a new interface that provides more sophisticated atom-selection options and a wizard to facilitate the generation of complex scenes. These scenes may contain a mixture of coordinate-derived and abstract graphical objects, including text objects, arbitrary vectors, geometric objects and imported images, which can enhance a picture and eliminate the need for subsequent editing. Scene descriptions can be saved to file and transferred to other molecules. Here, the substantially enhanced version 2 of the program, with a new underlying GUI toolkit, is described. A built-in rendering module produces publication-quality images.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Computer Graphics
  • Crystallography, X-Ray / methods*
  • Databases, Protein
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Structure, Quaternary
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Proteins / analysis*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Software Design*
  • Surface Properties


  • Proteins