1. Install Dependencies

Install FSL

You will need to install FSL if you want to use prelude.

Install curl

You will also need to make sure curl is installed. On Ubuntu, run:

sudo apt-get install curl

If you are using a different Linux, use your system’s package manager instead of apt-get.

2. Install shimming-toolbox

To install shimming-toolbox, clone the shimming-toolbox repository from GitHub (you will need to have Git installed on your system):

git clone

Next, install shimming-toolbox using the Makefile:

cd shimming-toolbox
make install

Restart your terminal or source your terminal profile.

3. Test the Installation (optional)

Comprehensive Test

To run the entire testing suite, run pytest from the cloned shimming-toolbox directory:

cd shimming-toolbox
source $HOME/shimming-toolbox/python/etc/profile.d/
conda activate st_venv

See for more options.

If all tests pass, shimming-toolbox was installed successfully.

Testing subsets of soft dependencies

prelude and dcm2niix are soft dependencies, so you may wish to run the parts of the testing suite that do not depend on them.

To test shimming-toolbox without prelude and without dcm2niix:

cd shimming-toolbox
pytest -m "not prelude and not dcm2niix"

To test shimming-toolbox without prelude and with dcm2niix, you can use the above block but modifying the -m argument to "not prelude".

To test shimming-toolbox with prelude and without dcm2niix, you can use the above block but modifying the -m argument to "not dcm2niix".

To test only the parts of shimming-toolbox dependent on prelude or dcm2niix, the corresponding -m argument is "prelude or dcm2niix"

Note that supplying the "-m" argument "prelude and dcm2niix" only runs tests dependent on both prelude and dcm2niix.

For Developers

The installation files can be found in the installer folder, and are called by the Makefile.

When you run make install, we first check if the ST_DIR exists, or if a clean install has been requested. The ST_DIR is where this package and also the fsleyes-plugin-shimming-toolbox are installed. By choosing clean, you delete the entire install directory, and consequently any prior installs of shimming-toolbox or fsleyes-plugin-shimming-toolbox. Note that this is set to CLEAN==false by default.

We next check if conda has been installed into the ST_DIR. If not, we run the conda installer.

Finally, we create a virtual environment and install shimming-toolbox.