1. Neurolucida
    1. Installation
      1. Prerequisites
      2. Installation of CHICKEN Scheme
      3. Installation of neurolucida

neurolucida is a program to read Neurolucida XML files and convert them to SWC format. It is distributed via the CHICKEN package distribution system.

Documentation on using neurolucida is available at /eggref/4/neurolucida.

The neurolucida source code can be viewed online at


In order to install neurolucida, you must first install CHICKEN Scheme and then use the chicken-install program to download and compile neurolucida.


You will need to obtain and install the CHICKEN Scheme compiler and programming environment. The latest official release is available from the following URL:

On Mac OS X, you will also need to install Xcode, because CHICKEN must be compiled with the gcc compiler. On Windows, you will need to install either one of the MinGW or Cygwin packages in order to obtain gcc.

Installation of CHICKEN Scheme

First, you will need to download the CHICKEN source archive from the above location, then unpack it and change to the directory extracted from the archive:

  tar zxf chicken-4.xx.0.tar.gz
  cd chicken-4.xx.0

Then, you need to compile and install:

Installation of neurolucida

After CHICKEN Scheme has been successfully installed, neurolucida can be installed using the chicken-install program:

 ~/chicken/bin/chicken-install neurolucida

On Windows, the tilde must be replaced with C:\\ or whichever drive you have installed CHICKEN on).