sc3D Viewer


A plugin to visualize 3D single cell omics

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    A plugin to visualise 3D spatial single cell omics

    This napari plugin was generated with Cookiecutter using @napari's cookiecutter-napari-plugin template.


    You can install napari-sc3D-viewer via pip:

    pip install .

    (from the correct folder) or

    pip install napari-sc3D-viewer

    To install latest development version :

    pip install git+

    To install the surface computation enabled version it is necessary to use Python 3.9 (until VTK is ported to Python 3.10) and you can run one of the following commands:

    pip install '.[pyvista]'

    from the correct folder or

    pip install 'napari-sc3D-viewer[pyvista]'

    to install directly from pip or

    pip install 'napari-sc3D-viewer[pyvista] @ git+'

    to install the latest version


    napari-sc3D-viewer allows users to easily visualise and navigate 3D spatial single-cell transcriptomics using napari.

    Loading and opening a dataset

    The expected dataset is a scanpy/anndata h5ad file together with an optional json file that maps cluster id numbers to actual tissue/cluster name.

    The json file should look like that:

        "1": "Endoderm",
        "2": "Heart",
        "10": "Anterior neuroectoderm"

    If no json file or a wrong json file is given, the original cluster id numbers are used.

    The h5ad file should be informed in (1) and the json file in (2). loading image

    Let data be your h5ad data structure. To work properly, the viewer is expecting 4 different columns to be present in the h5ad file:

    • the cluster id column (by default named '' that can be accessed as data.obs[''])
    • the 3D position column (by default named 'X_spatial_registered' that can be accessed as data.obsm['X_spatial_registered'])
    • the gene names if not already in the column name (by default named 'feature_name' that can be accessed as data.var['feature_name'])
    • umap coordinates (by default named 'X_umap' that can be accessed as data.obsm['X_umap'])

    If the default column names are not consistent with your dataset, they can be changed in the tab Parameters (3) next to the tab Loading files

    Once all the data paths and fields are correctly informed pressing the Load Atlas button (4) will load the dataset.

    Exploring a dataset

    Once the dataset is loaded there are few options to explore it.

    The viewer should look like to the following: viewer

    It is divided in two main parts, the Tissue visualisation (1) part and the Metric visualisation (2) one. Both of them are themselves split in two and three tabs respectively. All these tabs allow you to visualise and explore the dataset in different fashions.

    The Tissues tab (1.1) allows to select the tissues to display, to show the legend and to colour the cells according to their tissue types.

    The Surfaces tab (1.2) allows to construct coarse surfaces of tissues and to display them.

    The Single metric tab (2.1) allows to display a metric, whether it is a gene intensity or a numerical metric that is embedded in the visualised dataset. This tab also allows to threshold cells according to the viewed metric, to change the contrast and the colour map.

    The 2 Genes (2.2) tab allows to display gene coexpression.

    The umap tab (2.3) allows to display the umap of the selected cells and to manually select subcategories of cells to be displayed.


    Explanatory "videos".

    The plugin is meant to be easy to use. That means that you should be able to play with it and figure things out by yourself.

    That being said, it is not always that easy. You can find below a series of videos showing how to perform some of the main features.

    Loading data

    Loading data video

    Selecting tissues

    Selecting tissues video

    Displaying one gene

    Displaying one gene video

    Displaying two genes co-expression

    Displaying genes video

    Playing with the umap

    Playing with the umap video

    Computing and processing the surface

    Computing and processing the surface video


    Contributions are very welcome. Tests can be run with tox, please ensure the coverage at least stays the same before you submit a pull request.


    Distributed under the terms of the MIT license, "napari-sc3D-viewer" is free and open source software


    If you encounter any problems, please file an issue along with a detailed description.


    • 0.2.0

    Release date:

    • 22 November 2022

    First released:

    • 21 June 2022


    • MIT

    Supported data:

    • Information not submitted

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    GitHub activity:

    • Stars: 9
    • Forks: 1
    • Issues + PRs: 0

    Python versions supported:

    Operating system:


    • numpy
    • magicgui
    • qtpy
    • sc-3D
    • matplotlib

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