ImageJ is a public domain Java image processing program inspired by NIH Image for the Macintosh. It runs, either as an online applet or as a downloadable application, on any computer with a Java 1.4 or later virtual machine. Downloadable distributions are available for Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X and Linux.

It can display, edit, analyze, process, save and print 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit images. It can read many image formats including TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, DICOM, FITS and “raw”. It supports “stacks”, a series of images that share a single window. It is multithreaded, so time-consuming operations such as image file reading can be performed in parallel with other operations.

ImageJ was designed with an open architecture that provides extensibility via Java plugins. Custom acquisition, analysis and processing plugins can be developed using ImageJ’s built in editor and Java compiler. User-written plugins make it possible to solve almost any image processing or analysis problem. It is now being used in vast number of imaging applications ranging from skin analysis to neuroscience.

This project is sponsored by Google Inc. as a part of Google Summer of Code 2014 program.


Organization: International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF)

Mentor: Dimiter Prodanov, INCF Belgian Node

Student Developer: Atin Mathur (

Working Period: May – August, 2014

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