Central European Journal of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 181–188 | Cite as

Gwyddion: an open-source software for SPM data analysis

  • David NečasEmail author
  • Petr Klapetek
Research Article


In this article, we review special features of Gwyddion—a modular, multiplatform, open-source software for scanning probe microscopy data processing, which is available at We describe its architecture with emphasis on modularity and easy integration of the provided algorithms into other software. Special functionalities, such as data processing from non-rectangular areas, grain and particle analysis, and metrology support are discussed as well. It is shown that on the basis of open-source software development, a fully functional software package can be created that covers the needs of a large part of the scanning probe microscopy user community.


scanning probe microscopy data processing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEITEC — Central European Institute of TechnologyMasaryk University Kamenice 753/5BrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of NanometrologyCzech Metrology InstituteBrnoCzech Republic
  4. 4.CEITEC — Central European Institute of TechnologyBrno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic

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