EMAN2 Introductory Tutorials
Please note that we are continuously developing and updating the tutorials. Most tutorials include the necessary data. If you have a request for a particular tutorial please feel free to email email@example.com .
Video tutorials and discussions
EMAN2 Video Tutorials - These are a valuable supplement to the tutorials here, but are NOT a replacement
Tutorial Data Downloads
The actual tutorials are in the sections below, this section contains the various test data sets.
Individual tutorial data downloads are available below, but for convenience, we have combined the data for the GUI introduction, single particle analysis tutorial, single particle 2-D dynamics tutorial and small tomography tutorial into a single download:
Alternatively, these individual data downloads cover the following standard workshop tutorial sequence:
Short tutorials and info sheets
EMAN2/Jupyter - Using EMAN2 widgets from JupyterLab notebooks! (NEW - 2022)
EMAN2/NegativeStain - special issues that impact processing negative stain single particle images
Single particle analysis (SPA) - 2D particles
Quick Introduction to the EMAN2 GUI (Start here if you have never used EMAN2!)
tutorial for the Neural network particle picker (requires CUDA for good performance)
- These haven't been updated in a while, please ask if you have problems
EMAN1 to EMAN2 Transition Guide - Also with useful quickstart guides for users of other software
Tomography - tilt series through subtomogram averaging
- Complete workflow for tomography and subtomogram averaging (includes both small version (laptop ~12 Å) and large version (subnanometer on workstation))
- Automated Cellular Tomogram Annotation using Neural Networks
- More advanced topics for subtomogram averaging
Advanced SPT methods - Latest (2023) workflow for in situ SPT.
Working with pseudosymmetric particles - Improving resolution and exploring variability in symmetric particles
Miscellaneous tools - Various SPT tools that may not be included in the main workflows.
Gaussian Mixture Model - Variability analysis both for SPA and SPT data
Strongly suggest reading the paper (PMC8363932). While there have been some very significant improvements, it lays a foundation. This project has also bifurcated, as explained in the first tutorial below.
GMM GUI Tutorial - supports both SPA and SPT projects - suggest starting here for most users
GMM-based orientation refinement - Improve resolution for flexible samples.
Exchanging Data Between EMAN2 and Other Software (a bit outdated, untested with newer Relion versions)
Archive of Workshop Material (Lectures, specific tutorials, etc.
2019 May UTMB Workshop (full site with talks)
- 2019 January Tutorial for EMAN2.22
EMAN2-22Tutorial.pdf (version 1)
- 2018 May Tutorial for EMAN2.21a
EMAN2-21Tutorial.pdf (version 1)
- 2017 February Tutorial for EMAN2.2
- 2016 Summer Tutorial for EMAN2.12 June 2016 snapshots
- 2015 Fall Tutorial for EMAN2.12
Required data - Bgal.zip
Required data - ribosome.zip
2015 Workshop Tutorials and Demo data - This includes updated tutorials on both high resolution single particle analysis and 2D/3D heterogeneity analysis along with sample data, freshly updated for the EMAN2.12 release. The workshop also included a number of other related topics also available on that page.
Single particle tomography - Tutorial for deprecated Single particle tomography (SPT) workflow.
Tutorial from the 2014 Workshops in Shanghai, Brisbane and online - Based on EMAN2.1 beta4. Full single particle reconstruction tutorial
Tutorial from the 2013 Workshop in Beijing (Data on same page) - Based on EMAN2.1alpha. Full single particle reconstruction tutorial
Tutorial from the 2012 Workshop in Singapore (Data on same page) - Based on EMAN2.06. Full single particle reconstruction tutorial
Tutorial from the 2011 EMAN2 workshop (Data on same page) - Based on EMAN2.01. Full single particle reconstruction tutorial
Single particle reconstruction tutorial from 2008 Workshop ( - Full tutorial on single particle reconstruction using the workflow (uses Workshop demo data DVD)