Crystallographic Information Framework



ZINC provides an interface to CIF for standard Unix tools.



These utilities are no longer actively maintained.

Language and platform

The software is written in C with some Bourne shell and Perl scripts. It should compile and run in a command-line environment on any common Unix-like operating system with a suitable C compiler, Perl interpreter and common shell tools.


  • Installation: Copy the compressed tar file zinc.tar.Z into an empty directory; uncompress and extract files using the Unix tar utility. Then use the make utility to build the application:
     cp zinc.tar.Z /x/y/z; uncompress zinc.tar.Z; tar xvf zinc.tar
    If compress or tar are unavailable, individual source files may be saved to the build directory.
  • ZINC - Galvanizing CIF to work with Unix (BNL internal report; PDF format)
  • ZINC - Galvanizing CIF to work with Unix (presentation given at Brussels mmCIF workshop; PDF format)

Terms and conditions of use

Copyright in the software © the author.
Author: D. R. Stampf

The software is distributed here under the standard terms and conditions of use applying to software associated with International Tables for Crystallography Volume G.