Cockpit is a microscope graphical user interface. It is a flexible and easy to extend platform aimed at life scientists using bespoke microscopes. Its main features are:

  • Easy to use and extend by life scientists. Cockpit is completely written in Python and meant to be extended by the user.

  • Independent of the actual devices being used. Cockpit uses Python’s microscope package to control the devices. The graphical interface and experiments automatically adjust to the existing devices.

  • Very fast device control and time precision. During experiments, devices are controlled via hardware signals.

  • Cross Platform. Cockpit can run on GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

  • Cockpit is free and open source software, released under the GPL.

A more detailed description is available in the bioRxiv paper.

The User Interface

The user interface is made up of a number of windows with the main ones shown below.

Cockpit main windows