Crystallographic Information Framework



The stand-alone application Star_Base (Spadaccini & Hall, 1994) provides a facility for performing database-style queries on arbitrary STAR Files. It is generic in nature, and makes no assumptions about the nature or organisation of the data in a STAR File. It may be used as an application-specific database tool if the user has prior knowledge of the relationships between included data items. However, by faithfully returning context as well as value, it can be applied to any STAR File even without such prior knowledge.



This version was developed in 1992 as a research tool and is not actively maintained for public use. Bug reports or suggestions for enhancement should be directed to

Language and platform

The software is written in ANSI C and should compile and run in a command-line environment on any common operating system with an ANSI C compiler.


  • Installation: Copy the compressed tar file sb_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 sb_tar.z /x/y/z; uncompress sb_tar.z; tar xvf sb_tar
    If compress or tar are unavailable, individual source files may be saved to the build directory.
  • man pages:

Terms and conditions of use

Copyright in the software © University of Western Australia.
Author: A. G. Hall.

The software is distributed here under the standard terms and conditions of use applying to software associated with International Tables for Crystallography Volume G. Queries concerning any other use should be directed to

Some component files are distributed under the GNU General Public License.


Spadaccini, N. & Hall, S. R. (1994). Star_Base: accessing STAR File data. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 34, 509-516. [details]