Cambridge Structural Database

The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) contains complete structure information on hundreds of thousands of small molecule crystals. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is a suite of programs for CSD search and analysis. It includes the graphical user interface (GUI) programs ConQuest or searching and retrieving information from the CSD and Mercury for structural visualization and analysis. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre Home Page has additional information.

Availability and Restrictions

CSD 2017 is available on Oakley login nodes.  For the GUI applications, one should use an OnDemand VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) or have X11 forwarding enabled (see Setting up X Windows). Note that X11 forwarding can be distractingly slow for interactive applications.

We have a permanent license for CSD 2017, but it is without maintenance. Therefore, the WebCSD is not available, and there will be no more version updates on our system. 


CSD is only available to The Ohio State University academic users. In order to access this software license, please contact OSC Help for further instruction.

To run conquest:

module load csd

Further Reading

General documentation is available at the CCDC Documentation page and in the local machine directories.