computational chemistry toolkit
a Python-based computational chemistry toolkit
cctk simplifies the computational modeling of organic reactions and small molecule structures by automating routine interactions with quantum chemistry software packages:
- input file creation: conformer enumeration, job keyword manipulations, constrained potential energy surface creation
- method screening: creating jobs that screen grids of DFT methods and basis sets
- job monitoring: identification of job status, progress of optimizations, and resubmission of failed jobs
- data extraction: geometries, energies, molecular properties (e.g. charges or NMR shieldings), or geometric parameters (distances, angles, dihedrals) from output files
- data analysis: easy export for statistical analysis or visualization
cctk is easy to install! It should work on any system where Python works.
With Python 3.7 or later, type:
pip install cctk
If you don't have pip or virtual environments available on your system, then we recommend installing Anaconda first:
Go to https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/. Download the Python 3 installer appropriate to your system and run it.
Create a virtual environment to use with cctk:
conda create --name cctk python=3.8
- Now activate the virtual environment:
conda activate cctk
To use cctk, you will need to place this command at the beginning of your Python scripts:
The documentation contains many examples of how to write cctk scripts.
cctk is undergoing active development. To upgrade to the latest stable release:
pip install --upgrade cctk
To install the development version, which may be unstable, run:
$ pip install --upgrade email@example.com:ekwan/cctk.git@master
Alternatively, clone the repository. Then, from within the repository folder, run:
pip install --upgrade .
If you want to read the cctk documentation locally, you can build it by going to the
docs folder and typing:
This command will require the
sphinx-bootstrap-theme packages to be installed first. Once generated, the documentation will be available locally at:
cctk/contains the Python modules for cctk and the accompanying static data files.
docs/contains the code needed to generate the documentation.
scripts/contains pre-defined scripts that use cctk to quickly analyze and manipulate one or many output files.
test/contains code to test cctk and accompanying files.
tutorial/contains detailed tutorials on how to use cctk on complex, real-world problems.
cctk depends on some external data (
- Atomic weights are taken from the
and stored in
- Covalent radii are taken from
Dalton Trans. 2008, 2832
and stored in
cctk/data/covalent_radii.csv. (When multiple atomic types were specified, the one with longer bond distances was adopted for simplicity).
- van der Waals radii were taken from
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1983, 105, 5220,
Inorg. Mater. 2001, 37, 871, and
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2009, 113, 5806 and stored in
Authors and Community:
cctk is an ongoing project led by Corin Wagen and Eugene Kwan.
There is a Slack workspace for cctk users and developers: please email
firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
How to Cite:
Wagen, C.C.; Kwan, E.E. cctk 2020, www.github.com/ekwan/cctk.
This project is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. Please see
LICENSE for full terms and conditions.
Copyright 2020 by Corin Wagen and Eugene Kwan
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