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Python toolkit for analysis, visualization, and comparison of spike sorting output

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SpikeInterface is a Python framework designed to unify preexisting spike sorting technologies into a single code base.

spikeinterface is a meta-package that wraps 5 other Python packages from the SpikeInterface team:

  • spikeextractors: Data file I/O and probe handling. Build Status
  • spiketoolkit: Toolkit for pre-processing, post-processing, validation, and automatic curation. Build Status
  • spikesorters: Python wrappers to spike sorting algorithms. Build Status
  • spikecomparison: Comparison of spike sorting output (with and without ground-truth). Build Status
  • spikewidgets: Data visualization widgets. Build Status

On October 8, 2019, we have released the very first beta version of spikeinterface (0.9.1)

Please have a look at the preprint that describes in detail this project


You can install SpikeInterface from pip:

pip install spikeinterface

Alternatively, you can clone the repository and install from sources the development version:

git clone
cd spikeinterface
python develop

Important: installing with python develop DOES NOT install the latest version of the different modules. In order to get the latest updates, clone the above-mentioned repositories and install them from source.


All documentation for SpikeInterface can be found here:

You can also check out this 1-hour video tutorial for the NWB User Days 2019:


If you find SpikeInterface useful in your research, please cite:

  title={SpikeInterface, a unified framework for spike sorting},
  author={Buccino, Alessio P and Hurwitz, Cole L and Magland, Jeremy and Garcia, Samuel and Siegle, Joshua H and Hurwitz, Roger and Hennig, Matthias H},
  publisher={Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory}

SpikeInterface contributors

For any correspondence, contact Alessio Buccino (, Cole Hurwitz (, Samuel Garcia (, Jeremy Magland ( or Matthias Hennig (, or just write an issue!

The following people have contributed code to the project as of 24 August 2020:

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