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Overview

emergent is a comprehensive neural network simulator that enables the creation and analysis of complex, sophisticated models of the brain in the world; features:

  • Full browser and 3D GUI for constructing, visualizing, & interacting.
  • Accessible to non-programmers e.g., for teaching.
  • But also highly productive for experts, used daily in scientific research.
  • Powerful C++ scripting language, css (not that css), GUI Programming environment (IDE) -- transparent access to C++.
  • Rich, dynamic, embodied environments for training networks:
  • In use for decades, for hundreds of scientific publications from a variety of different labs. Detailed models of the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia, visual cortex, cerebellum, etc available (also see textbook).
  • Direct descendant of PDP (1986) and PDP++ (1995).

News and updates

now: Current SVN Status
Sept 7, 2017: 8.2.0, See 8.2.0 ChangeLog.
Jun 2, 2017: 8.1.0, See 8.1.0 ChangeLog.
Jan 12, 2017: 8.0.4, See 8.0.4 ChangeLog.
Nov 9, 2016: 8.0.3-beta, See 8.0.3 ChangeLog.
Sept 15, 2016: 8.0.1, See 8.0.0 ChangeLog.
Aug 30, 2016: 8.0.0, See 8.0.0 ChangeLog.
Aug 25, 2014: 7.0.1, See 7.0.1 ChangeLog.
June 23, 2014: 7.0.0, See 7.0.0 ChangeLog.
Aug 28, 2013: 6.3.2, See 6.3.2 ChangeLog.
April 7, 2013: 6.2.0, See 6.2.0 ChangeLog.
Dec 20, 2012: 6.1.1, See 6.1.0 ChangeLog.
Nov 9, 2012: 6.1.0, See 6.1.0 ChangeLog.
Oct 8, 2012: 6.0.3, See 6.0.0 ChangeLog.
Sept 26, 2012: 6.0.2, See 6.1.0 ChangeLog.
Aug 31, 2012: 6.0.1, See 6.0.0 ChangeLog.
June 5, 2012: 5.3.10 beta, See 6.0.0 ChangeLog.
May 4, 2012: 5.3.9 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
May 3, 2012: 5.3.8 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
April 25, 2012: 5.3.7 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
April 12, 2012: 5.3.6 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
March 13, 2012: 5.3.2 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
Feb 15, 2012: 5.3.1 beta, See 5.4.0 ChangeLog.
Dec 23, 2011: 5.3.0, See 5.3.0 ChangeLog.
Oct 31, 2011: 5.2.6 beta, See 5.3.0 ChangeLog.
Oct 1, 2011: 5.2.3 beta, See 5.3.0 ChangeLog.
Sept 20, 2011: 5.2.2 beta, See 5.3.0 ChangeLog.
Sept 1, 2011: 5.2.0, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
May 24, 2011: 5.1.7 beta, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
April 11, 2011: 5.1.6 beta, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
May 21, 2011: 5.1.5 beta, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
March 9, 2011: 5.1.4 beta, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
Feb 23, 2011: 5.1.2 beta, See 5.2.0 ChangeLog.
Aug 16, 2010: 5.1.0, See 5.1.0 ChangeLog.
April 21, 2010: 5.0.2, See 5.0.2 ChangeLog.
Dec 5, 2009: 5.0.1, See 5.0.1 ChangeLog.
Sept 9, 2009: All textbook projects have been updated to emergent 5.0.0 and are available on the CompCogNeuro wiki.
Aug 25, 2009: 5.0.0, See 5.0.0 ChangeLog.

Documentation and useful links

Download & Install emergent 8.2.0


Windows Instructions


Mac Instructions


Ubuntu Instructions

  • Our apt repository contains packages for emergent 8.2.0 for the LTS 16.04 and 14.04 releases (also works on intel chromebooks under crouton). There are older versions of emergent for earlier versions. See Build Linux for help building the latest version from scratch.

logo.png HTTP download or FTP download

  • You can find older binary packages for emergent and source packages for all of its prerequisites on the HTTP download or FTP download sites (same source, just different TP).

Building emergent from source 8.2.0

Build emergent

Get the emergent source code using Subversion:
svn checkout https://grey.colorado.edu/svn/emergent/emergent/trunk ~/emergent