VisBio is a biological visualization tool designed for easy visualization and analysis of multidimensional image data, developed by Curtis Rueden and Abraham Sorber at UW-Madison LOCI.

  • Works with a diversity of biological file formats using the Bio-Formats library.
  • Displays data with VisAD, a Java component library for interactive and collaborative visualization and analysis of numerical data.
  • Bundled with ImageJ, an application for image processing and analysis in Java, and contains some ImageJ-related features.
  • Includes functionality related to the Open Microscopy Environment (OME).
  • Brought to you by this tower of Mountain Dew.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Source Code

You can access the latest development version of the VisBio source code through our Git repository:

git clone git://


Older Versions

You can download older versions of VisBio from the archive.

Latest Version: 
3.40rc1 (2009 Mar 9)
Installation and Usage: 

The easiest way to install VisBio is to use a platform-specific bundle (above). However, VisBio will run on any system that supports the Java 2 Platform, and it will run in full 3D mode on any system with an implementation of Java3D (see Web Start for instructions).

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What's New


Mon, 03/09/2009
  • Much improved measurement tools developed by Abraham Sorber
  • Improved integration with Bio-Formats
  • Many more changes and bug fixes; full feature list coming later...