GTKWave Beta

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The GTKWave Electronic Waveform Viewer, developed by Tony Bell at the University of Manchester, is unrelated to PhysioNet's program of the same name. For information about Tony Bell's GTKWave, visit the Advanced Processor Technology Group's web site.

PhysioNet's GTKWave is no longer under development and is unsupported.

If you are looking for a way to view and edit WFDB records, please use WAVE, now available for MS-Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.

GTKWave was a reimplementation of the original WAVE using the Gimp Tool Kit (GTK+). The goal for this version of GTKWave was functional equivalence with the XView version. The current release is not under development and should be considered usable but potentially unstable. We do not recommend use of GTKWave by general users.


The WAVE User's Guide

GTKWave is based on George Moody's original WAVE for Unix. The WAVE User's Guide is the primary documentation for GTKWave. In most cases, the guide applies to GTKWave, although the illustrations show the original WAVE.

If you find a difference between GTKWave and what is described in the Wave User's Guide (other than a cosmetic difference in the user interface elements), please check the GTKWave Beta Notes page to see if this difference has already been reported.

Questions and Bug Reports

GTKWave is no longer being developed by PhysioNet. GTKWave users should switch to WAVE, which is now supported on all common operating system. Questions regarding the project can be sent to Isaac. Please do not send bug reports.



Linux (Intel x86 using glibc2):

MS-Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP:


All platforms: