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The Visualization ToolKit (VTK) is an open source, freely available software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization used by thousands of researchers and developers around the world. VTK consists of a C++ class library, and several interpreted interface layers including Python, Tcl/Tk and Java. Professional support and products for VTK are provided by Kitware, Inc. (www.kitware.com) VTK supports a wide variety of visualization algorithms including scalar, vector, tensor, texture, and volumetric methods; and advanced modeling techniques such as implicit modelling, polygon reduction, mesh smoothing, cutting, contouring, and Delaunay triangulation. In addition, dozens of imaging algorithms have been directly integrated to allow the user to mix 2D imaging / 3D graphics algorithms and data.

Learning VTK

If you want to learn how to use or develop VTK, please see Learning VTK

Building VTK

Extending VTK

Projects/ Tools that use VTK



Summary of Changes

VTK 6.2 (git master)

  • Under Cocoa, removed "-fobjc-gc" as a default compiler flag. VTK still supports Cocoa garbage collection, but you must specify it yourself now.
  • Added a reader/writer for NIFTI image files.
  • Volume Rendering rewrite

VTK 6.1

VTK 6.0

VTK 5.10

VTK 5.8

VTK 5.6

VTK 5.4

VTK 5.2

VTK 5.0


Development Process

The VTK Community is upgrading its development process. The current process using Git can be found at the VTK Git page. We are doing this in response to the continuing and rapid growth of the toolkit. A VTK Architecture Review Board VTK ARB is being put in place to provide strategic guidance to the community, and individuals are being identified as leaders in various VTK subsystems.

Have a question or topic for the ARB to discuss about the future of VTK? First, please bring the topic to the VTK developers mailing list. If the issue is not resolved there or needs further planning or direction, you may enter a suggested topic for discussion.

VTK NextGen

We have started collecting works in progress as well as future ideas at NextGen. Please add anything you are working on, would like to collaborate on, or would like to see in the future of VTK!


Developers Corner

Development process with Git

Developers Corner

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