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I am testing my small api library that generates lots of chemical files such as MOL and SDF. I was wondering if there is a software that can show me the pictures of chemical structures inside each file so that I don't have to open each of these separately. would prefer something free for Windows and Mac.

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I found this tool named thumbfish (Windows only). It can display thumbnails for variety of formats and is free

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    $\begingroup$ I wish thumbfish could also handle *.cif and *.mrv files. $\endgroup$
    – andselisk
    Jul 11, 2017 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @andselisk you should try to convert them with free openbabel software $\endgroup$
    – XuMuK
    Sep 4, 2020 at 15:48
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On the Mac, there's ChemSpotlight. The most recent version includes a QuickLook component that will allow previews of most molecule files, including interactive 3D depictions using HTML/JavaScript.

You can also batch generate previews of MDL, SDF, etc. using Open Babel to export previews to SVG or PNG formats.

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What about JMol ?

It opens .Mol and a slew of other formats in Java which is fairly widely compatible. Open-source too.

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  • $\begingroup$ jMol has an application that can show structure pictures but then I have to open each of my files to view them. I am looking for something that will generate a thumbnail for my structures. $\endgroup$
    – user6834
    Jun 16, 2014 at 3:01
  • $\begingroup$ JMol is scriptable, and it can generate image files, too. $\endgroup$
    – Greg
    Jun 18, 2014 at 4:54
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There is Free Maestro or Maestro Academics, but you have to read EULA before, maybe you are going to use it for commercial purposes. This is software for creation and opening of the databases, can read almost all formats. And also has 2d drawing tool and is cross-platform.

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