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Deep learning software to decode EEG, ECG or MEG signals

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Braindecode is an open-source Python toolbox for decoding raw electrophysiological brain data with deep learning models. It includes dataset fetchers, data preprocessing and visualization tools, as well as implementations of several deep learning architectures and data augmentations for analysis of EEG, ECoG and MEG.

For neuroscientists who want to work with deep learning and deep learning researchers who want to work with neurophysiological data.

Installation Braindecode

  1. Install pytorch from (you don’t need to install torchvision).

  2. If you want to download EEG datasets from MOABB, install it:

pip install moabb
  1. Install latest release of braindecode via pip:

pip install braindecode

If you want to install the latest development version of braindecode, please refer to contributing page


Documentation is online under, both in the stable and dev versions.

Contributing to Braindecode

Guidelines for contributing to the library can be found on the braindecode github:

Braindecode chat


If you use this code in a scientific publication, please cite us as:

@article {HBM:HBM23730,
author = {Schirrmeister, Robin Tibor and Springenberg, Jost Tobias and Fiederer,
  Lukas Dominique Josef and Glasstetter, Martin and Eggensperger, Katharina and Tangermann, Michael and
  Hutter, Frank and Burgard, Wolfram and Ball, Tonio},
title = {Deep learning with convolutional neural networks for EEG decoding and visualization},
journal = {Human Brain Mapping},
issn = {1097-0193},
url = {},
doi = {10.1002/hbm.23730},
month = {aug},
year = {2017},
keywords = {electroencephalography, EEG analysis, machine learning, end-to-end learning, brain–machine interface,
  brain–computer interface, model interpretability, brain mapping},

as well as the MNE-Python software that is used by braindecode:

author={Gramfort, Alexandre and Luessi, Martin and Larson, Eric and Engemann, Denis and Strohmeier, Daniel and Brodbeck, Christian and Goj, Roman and Jas, Mainak and Brooks, Teon and Parkkonen, Lauri and Hämäläinen, Matti},
title={{MEG and EEG data analysis with MNE-Python}},
journal={Frontiers in Neuroscience},


Braindecode is BSD-licenced (BSD-3-Clause):

This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software. OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.

Copyright (c) 2011-2022, authors of Braindecode. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  • Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  • Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

  • Neither the names of braindecode authors nor the names of any contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

This software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors “as is” and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the copyright owner or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

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