Chapter 24.3 The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 24. Crystallographic databases

  1. F. H. Allen,
  2. V. J. Hoy

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000720

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Allen, F. H. and Hoy, V. J. 2006. The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). International Tables for Crystallography. F:24:24.3:663–668.

Author Information

  1. Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS), comprising the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and its associated software, as available in mid-2000 is described. The validated information content, comprehensive literature coverage and statistical data for the CSD are summarized. CSDS software for search, retrieval, analysis and display of database content is also reviewed, and typical research applications of the CSDS in structural chemistry and biology are briefly indicated. A new software component of the CSDS, IsoStar (a knowledge base of intermolecular interactions derived from the CSD and the PDB) is also summarized.


  • ConQuest;
  • Pluto;
  • PreQuest;
  • Quest3D;
  • Vista;
  • CSD-Use database;
  • Cambridge Structural Database;
  • databases;
  • intermolecular interactions;
  • IsoStar