Get a read only copy of optimizer

Install git and type:

More information on this here:


The following python libraries are required:
  • python
  • numpy
  • scipy
  • matplotlib
  • wxPython
  • inspyred
  • pyelectro
  • eFEL
The following libraries are recommended:
  • neuron

You can get numpy, scipy and inspyred with easy_install or pip with the following command (for numpy):

pip install numpy


easy_install install numpy

You can get eFEL with pip:

pip install efel

You can get matplotlib with the following command:

Debian / Ubuntu : sudo apt-get install python-matplotlib

Fedora / Redhat : sudo yum install python-matplotlib

If you encounter any difficulties you can find a more detailed description at:

You can get wxpython with the following command:

apt-get install python-wxgtk2.8 python-wxtools wx2.8-i18n

This command might not work if your OS has an earlier version in the standard software repository. If so, please follow the instructions at:

Currently, Optimizer works properly only with version 2.8 of wxpython. Some distributions (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04) may install version 3.0 instead (or in addition to) 2.8. In this case, please remove version 3.0 and make sure to install only version 2.8. Support for later versions of wxpython will be added to Optimizer in the future.

You can get pyelectro from:

After cloning the repository you can install it by the standard installation method:

python install

Installing Neuron as a python package is optional since Optimizer can use any executable to run the simulations. WARNING: Many features of Optimizer are designed to work with Neuron, so we recommend that you install it! Installing Neuron as a python package is beyond the scope of this tutorial as it is somewhat complicated, but you can find a step-by-step guide at:

Install optimizer

Use the standard install method for Python packages:

sudo python install

Run optimizer

You can run Optimizer (with a GUI) directly from its installation folder with:

python -g

Or for the command line version (you must specify a configuration file as well):

python -c example.xml

Build documentation

If you should require a local copy of the Optimizer documentation, you need a working install of Sphinx, then run the command:

sphinx-build ./doc <local build directory>

from the top-level optimizer directory where <local build directory> should be replaced with a custom filepath.

Test Platforms

The package was tested on the following systems:

  1. Mandriva 2010.2 (kernel 2.6.33, glibc 2.11)
  • python 2.6.5
  • numpy 1.6.2
  • scipy 0.7.2
  • matplotlib 1.1.1
  • wxPython
  • inspyred 1.0
  • pyelectro
  • neuron 7.3
  1. CentOS 6.4 (kernel 2.6.32, glibc 2.12)
  • python 2.6.6
  • numpy 1.6.1
  • scipy 0.10.1
  • matplotlib 1.3.1
  • wxPython
  • inspyred 1.0
  • pyelectro
  • neuron 7.2
  1. Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (kernel 3.2.0-54-generic, glibc 2.15)
  • Python 2.7.3
  • numpy 1.7.0
  • scipy 0.11.0
  • matplotlib 1.1.1rc
  • wxPython
  • inspyred 1.0
  • pyelectro
  • neuron 7.2
  1. Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
  • Python 2.7.6
  • numpy 1.8.2
  • scipy 0.13.3
  • matplotlib 1.3.1
  • wxPython
  • inspyred 1.0
  • pyelectro 0.1.6
  • neuron 7.4
  • Since Neuron with the python interpreter is not working perfectly on Windows, we recommend to use Ubuntu (installing and setting up a virtual os is not hard).
  • inspyred requires a feature which is only included in python 2.7, but ther is a workaround for this problem:!topic/inspyred/YwJb3ABVtL8


Project Leader:

Lead Developer:


  • Mike Vella