mdtraj.load_xtc(filename, top=None, stride=None, atom_indices=None, frame=None)

Load a Gromacs XTC file from disk.

The .xtc format is a cross-platform compressed binary trajectory format produced by the gromacs software that stores atomic coordinates, box vectors, and time information. It is lossy (storing coordinates to about 1e-3 A) and extremely space-efficient.


Filename (string) of xtc trajectory.

top{str, Trajectory, Topology}

The XTC format does not contain topology information. Pass in either the path to a RCSB PDB file, a trajectory, or a topology to supply this information.

strideint, default=None

Only read every stride-th frame

atom_indicesarray_like, optional

If not none, then read only a subset of the atoms coordinates from the file. This may be slightly slower than the standard read because it requires an extra copy, but will save memory.

frameint, optional

Use this option to load only a single frame from a trajectory on disk. If frame is None, the default, the entire trajectory will be loaded. If supplied, stride will be ignored.


The resulting trajectory, as an md.Trajectory object.

See also


Low level interface to XTC files


>>> import mdtraj as md
>>> traj = md.load_xtc('output.xtc', top='topology.pdb')
>>> print traj
<mdtraj.Trajectory with 500 frames, 423 atoms at 0x110740a90>