Finalcif is a full-featured CIF file editor to make editing and validation of CIF files easy. It collects all the information from a work folder needed in order to finalize a CIF file for publication. In any case, you can also import a valid CIF file to complete the information. In ideal cases, it takes one click to have a publication-ready file. But check the file thoroughly afterwards, no software is perfect!

Essentially, you should have the corresponding CIF file for FinalCif in its original 'work' folder, which contains all other files such as SAINT list files, SADABS list file, SHELX list files, etc. that led to this CIF file.

Validating your CIF files with the IUCr CheckCIF server is a one-click problem in FinalCif. You get a web and PDF report or just a local PLATON CIF check for computers without internet. After the CIF validation with CheckCIF, you can easily fill in the respective validation response forms for publication.

FinalCif generates beautiful CIF reports in seconds for your publication as MS Word files (also compatible with Openoffice etc.). The report includes tables of structure properties like R-values or atom parameters and a report text about the experiment conditions.

In case you need tables from multiple CIF files at once, there is the small program multitable which generates such tables.

The button "save cif file" saves the current file under 'name'-finalcif.cif. FinalCif will never make changes to the original CIF file.

FinalCif program main window


Current release
FinalCif-setup-x64-v139.exe 2024-06-05 Windows 10 and up


Running from Source Code

If the provided FinalCif executables are not suitable for your system, you can run it from source code. Please refer to the documentation how to do it.

Recent Changes:

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As always, please report bugs!

Source Code

You can find the source code of FinalCif at Github. Contributions are welcome!


FinalCif is free software and licensed under the beerware license.

FinalCif is kindly supported by JetBrains with an open source license for PyCharm.

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