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Simple thin client to interface python scripts with SambVca catalytic pocket Fortran calculator.

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Simple thin client to interface python scripts with SambVca catalytic pocket Fortran calculator.

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py2sambvca is available on PyPI and can be installed like so:

pip install py2sambvca

py2sambvca has zero external dependencies.

Downloading and Compiling SambVca

py2sambvca can read and write input and output files for SambVca without the actual program in place, but in order to run input files you must have an executable sambvca21.exe (or similar) somewhere on your machine.

You can download the source code on the SambVca webserver and compile it using gfortran.

By default, py2sambvca expects the executable to be present in the cwd and named sambvca21.exe on Windows or sambvca21.x on Unix-based systems. optionally, the filepath to your executable can be specified as shown below.


After installation, py2sambvca can be added to a Python script via import and instantiated:

from py2sambvca import p2s

nhc_p2s = p2s(

The required input parameters are shown below:

  • xyz_filepath (str): Location of .xyz molecular coordinates file for writing input data
  • sphere_center_atom_ids (list): ID of atoms defining the sphere center
  • z_ax_atom_ids (list): ID of atoms for z-axis
  • xz_plane_atoms_ids (list): ID of atoms for xz-plane

The following parameters are optional and will be filled with default values if not specified:

  • atoms_to_delete_ids (list): ID of atoms to be deleted (default None)
  • sphere_radius (float): Sphere radius in Angstrom (default 3.5)
  • displacement (float): Displacement of oriented molecule from sphere center in Angstrom (default 0.0)
  • mesh_size (float): Mesh size for numerical integration (default 0.10)
  • remove_H (int): 0/1 Do not remove/remove H atoms from Vbur calculation (default 1)
  • orient_z (int): 0/1 Molecule oriented along negative/positive Z-axis (default 1)
  • write_surf_files (int): 0/1 Do not write/write files for top and bottom surfaces (default 1)
  • path_to_sambvcax (str): Path to the SambVca executable. Only needed to use py2sambvca.calc()(default "sambvca.exe")
  • working_dir (path): Path to the working directory where the output and input files are generated (default os.getcwd())
  • verbose (int): 0 for no output, 1 for some output, 2 for the most output (default 1)
  • radii_table (dict or str): a dictionary of atomic symbols and their radii (angstroms), or "default" for the radii used in the original implementation

From here, running can be done stepwise or with a single function:
# equivalent to

All values for the total complex, quadrants, and octants are available through getters:

Total Values Quadrant Values Octant Values
get_free_volume() get_quadrant_free_volume() get_octant_free_volume()
get_buried_volume() get_quadrant_buried_volume() get_octant_buried_volume()
get_exact_volume() not available not available
get_total_volume() get_quadrant_total_volume() get_octant_total_volume()
get_percent_buried_volume() get_quadrant_percent_buried_volume() get_octant_percent_buried_volume()
get_percent_free_volume() get_quadrant_percent_free_volume() get_octant_percent_free_volume()
get_percent_total_volume() not available not available

Results can also be accessed through a general getter method: get(), get_quadrant_result(), and get_octant_result().

All results can also be directly accessed through dictionaries, returned from a call to run() or parse_output() and available through p2s.total_results, p2s.quadrant_results, and p2s.octant_results.

In case there is something else you are looking for, you can use a general purpose get_regex() function to return the line containing a pattern.


Here are a couple repositories using py2sambvca as a Python package or extending its source code, check them out:

See Also

  • Kjell Jorner's morfeus package re-implements the original buried volume algorithm directly in Python


py2sambvca is available under the GNU GPLv3 in accordance with the base Fortran code which is available under the same license and can be retreieved here:

The original fortran program (sambvca21.f) is also included in the test directory for testing purposes. It is still under the same terms of the GNU license:

  • This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
  • This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
  • The results obtained from using the source code shall be used for scientific purposes only, excluding industrial or commercial purposes. To use the SambVca suite for industrial or commercial purposes, contact lcavallo|@|
  • Proper acknowledgement shall be made to the author of the source code in publications resulting from the use of it in its original form or modified.
  • The results from using the source code are provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind.


Please cite the SambVca underlying Fortran tool according to the guidelines on the buried volume webserver:

py2sambvca has been uploaded to Figshare and may be cited as: Burns, J. figshare. 2020, DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.12846707

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