Output formats

OVITO can export data to the following file formats:

Format nameDescriptionData type(s)
LAMMPS dump

Text-based file format produced and read by the LAMMPS molecular dynamics code.

particles
LAMMPS data

File format read by the LAMMPS molecular dynamics code.

particles, bonds, angles, dihedrals, impropers
XYZ

A simple column-based text format, which is documented here and here.

particles
POSCAR

File format used by the ab initio simulation package VASP.

particles
IMD

File format used by the molecular dynamics code IMD.

particles
FHI-aims

File format used by the ab initio simulation package FHI-aims.

particles
NetCDF

Binary format for molecular dynamics data following the AMBER format convention.

particles
GSD/HOOMD

Binary format for molecular dynamics data used by the HOOMD-blue code. See GSD (General Simulation Data) format.

particles, bonds, global attributes
Table of values

A simple tabular text file with scalar quantities computed by OVITO's data pipeline.

global attributes
VTK

Generic text-based data format used by the ParaView software.

surface meshes, voxel grids, dislocations
POV-Ray scene

Exports the entire scene to a file that can be rendered with POV-Ray.

any
Crystal Analysis (.ca)

Format that can store dislocation lines extracted from an atomistic crystal model by the Dislocation Analysis modifier. The format is documented here.

dislocations, surface meshes

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