ALBULA Software

Data Visualization and Image Manipulation

ALBULA is DECTRIS’ dedicated software for display and analysis of image data from PILATUS and EIGER detectors. It consists of the standalone ALBULA VIEWER and the Python programming interface ALBULA API.

ALBULA VIEWER is a fast and easy-to-use program that allows optimal visualization of PILATUS and EIGER data. Version 3.1 added data collection for use with EIGER detectors. Version 3.2 made possible direct reading of bit-shuffle LZ4-compressed data, which is now the default output of EIGER detectors.

The ALBULA API provides a Python interface for image display and for data processing and analysis. The API also enables easy integration of viewer functionality with beamline infrastructure or experimental setup.



  • Extremely fast user interface
  • Data acquisition with EIGER detectors
  • Real-time visualization of image acquisition
  • Powerful data analysis tool
  • Python API for a wide range of data operations


ALBULA is available free of charge and can be downloaded from our download section after initial registration and login.


  • Linux (distributions based on RHEL 5 or 6), Windows 7 or Mac OSX (>10.6)
  • Native OpenGL support (requires a graphic card installed on the computer running the ALBULA VIEWER)
  • API (Linux, Windows):
  • Python 2.6 or 2.7 (CPython); needs to be compiled with “--enable-unicode=ucs4” (default for most Linux distributions)
  • NumPy (>= 1.4)
  • Anaconda 32 Bit (Windows)


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