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How to...

...get a login:

Since Aug.2013, the SimBio MediaWiki is open for everyone and does no longer need an account. If you face problems with it, get in touch with the site administrator Daniel.

...join the SimBio mailing-list:

To join the SimBio mailing list, please send an email to

This SimBio mailing list is meant to distribute information on revisions, the code itself, meetings, new developers etc. To do so, just send an email to

For further questions on subscription and using the list, please contact Stephan Lau (

...start or edit a page:

There are several ways to start a new page. These can vary based on the type of page started, as well as the wiki and namespace. Just check out the MediaWiki Help for further support

...checkout the NEW repository from sourceforge:

svn checkout svn:// SimBio
svn log SimBio

You will then get a full checkout of the SimBio-code. You get a new directory with the name SimBio, in which you find trunk, branch and SimBioPatch. The second command lists recent changes to be aware of. Since 2013, the full SimBio code (IPM and NeuroFEM) is open-source code, please study the license agreement. In SimbioPatch, there are the scripts that Martin Steinisch used to restructure the SimBio-code.

...access test data repository:

The testdata repository offers a reasonable start with SimBio, you will find some documentation and also some more software that helps working with SimBio. Through the file README_StartWithSimBio, it provides well-documented scenarios for forward and inverse source analysis and for the simulation of transcranial current stimulation (tCS). The testdata repository 2014 is available under source forge, but it does not contain the simulation of tCS yet. A more up-to-date version of the SimBio testdata (including tCS scenarios) can be downloaded as follows:

First write an email to Carsten Wolters to get an account on Then you can download the latest testdata-repository by using the following svn-command (replace "user" with the one you got from Carsten):

svn checkout svn+ssh://


Problem: You see the error message:

svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/svn/SimBio'
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn/SimBio': could not connect to server (

but the server can be pinged:

$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=48 time=321 ms

Solution: You are behind a firewall which blocks SVN. Use a VPN client, talk to your network administrator (Good luck!) or do the checkout at home.

Other SVN problems: Read the SVN Handbook.

...access the OLD repository:

Image:Sign_Warning.png Do NOT use this for development purposes

SimBio sources, Revision 232 (write an email to Carsten Wolters to get an account on


...cite SimBio:

Please refer to SimBio by citing the Wiki as an online document:

SimBio Development Group. "SimBio: A generic environment for bio-numerical simulations", online,, accessed May 24, 2018.

or use bibtex:

     author        =  "{SimBio Development Group}",
     title         =  "{SimBio}: A generic environment for bio-numerical simulations",
     howpublished  =  "online,, accessed May 24",
     year          =  "2018"
Image:Sign_Tip.png The date above is always the current date. Whenever you want to cite SimBio cut&paste the above.
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