Using Connectome Workbench

Connectome Workbench is an open source, freely available visualization and discovery tool used to map neuroimaging data, especially data generated by the Human Connectome Project. The distribution includes wb_view, a GUI-based visualiation platform, and wb_command, a command-line program for performing a variety of algorithmic tasks using volume, surface, and grayordinate data. wb_command is necessary for running HCP data processing pipelines.

Workbench version 1.3.2 is available for download for 64-bit Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux: Get Connectome Workbench now.

Changes in Workbench v1.3.2


New Features

  • Yoked annotation substitutions (and updates in Workbench Help)
  • Updates to BALSA Upload dialog including notification of updated extraction directory prefix
  • Tab number always included in the name of the tab since some GUI controls (volume surface outline) use the tab number

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes for sizing of color bars
  • Missing QT SVG library has been added to Linux distributions


New Features

  • new -surface-geodesic-all-to-all command
  • fwhm estimation now has "whole file" and "demean" options

Workbench allows you to explore data and activity on the surface, as well as in the volume of the brain. Connectome Workbench works seamlessly with ConnectomeDB to import averaged data from a group of subjects and view that data on a group averaged brain atlas in Workbench.

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Software Platform

The Workbench visualization platform and wb_command utilities are open-source and written in C++ by software developers in the Van Essen Laboratory at Washington University. (License)

Release Dates

Connectome Workbench v1.3.2 update has been released as of August 28, 2018 and is available for MacOSX, Linux, Windows platforms.

Related Data and Documentation Releases:

Source Code

Download the source code for Connectome Workbench from our GitHub repository: