What Is SDF (Structure Data File)

This section provides a quick introduction of the SDF (Structure Data File) format. An example of SDF file is also provided.

What Is SDF (Structure Data File)? SDF is a file format to represent multiple chemical structure records and associated data fields. SDF was developed and published by Molecular Design Limited (MDL) and became the the most widely used standard for importing and exporting information on chemicals.

Here is an example of SDF file, Molecule-HY-001.sdf, of a single molecule:

HY-001
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 13 14  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0
    0.8400   -0.1600    0.0000 N   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.4800    0.4300    0.0000 N   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.0900    0.2700    0.0000 N   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.1100    1.2100    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.2700    1.1200    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.8400   -1.0300    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.5300    1.9900    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.0700    2.7400    0.0000 Cl  0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.5900   -1.4600    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.0800   -1.4600    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    1.5900   -2.3300    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.0700   -2.3200    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
    0.8400   -2.7600    0.0000 C   0  0     0  0  0  0  0  0
  2  1  1  0  2  0  0
  3  1  1  0  2  0  0
  4  2  2  0  2  0  0
  5  3  2  0  2  0  0
  6  1  1  0  2  0  0
  7  4  1  0  2  0  0
  8  7  1  0  2  0  0
  9  6  1  0  1  0  0
 10  6  2  0  1  0  0
 11  9  2  0  1  0  0
 12 10  1  0  1  0  0
 13 12  2  0  1  0  0
  4  5  1  0  2  0  0
 13 11  1  0  1  0  0
M  END
>  <Comment>
This is SDF example 1.

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See the next tutorial for detailed description of the SDF file format.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of Molecules

 Molecule Names and Identifications

 Protein and Amino Acid

 Nucleobase, Nucleoside, Nucleotide, DNA and RNA

 Gene and Chromosome

 Protein Kinase (PK)

SDF (Structure Data File)

What Is SDF (Structure Data File)

 SDF Format Specification

 What Are CTfile and CTAB

 Convert SDF to SVG using Open Babel

 "sdf2svg" - PHP Script to Convert SDF to SVG

 RDKit: Open-Source Cheminformatics Software

 PyMol Installation

 PyMol GUI and CLI

 PyMol Selections

 PyMol Editing Functions

 PyMol Measurement Functions

 PyMol Movie Functions

 PyMol Python Integration

 PyMol Object Functions

 ChEMBL Database - European Molecular Biology Laboratory

 PubChem Database - National Library of Medicine

 PDB (Protein Data Bank)

 INSDC (International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration)

 Resources and Tools

 Molecule Related Terminologies

 References

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