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Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology

SPM8, released April 2009, is a major update to the SPM software, containing substantial theoretical, algorithmic, structural and interface enhancements over previous versions.

The Release Notes describing the new features are available in a PDF document.

A Manual is also available in a PDF document and some extra information can be obtained on the SPM website and WikiBook (such as installation and getting started).

NIfTI-1 support
Similar support to SPM5.
Methods Group + others
Via the spm web pages.
How to get

The software is available for download after completing a brief registration form. You should also periodically check the SPM8 Updates area.

Current version
Current version release date
Open source
Available free of charge
MATLAB: MATLAB (The MathWorks) is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation. SPM8 is designed to work from MATLAB versions 7.1 (R14SP3) to 7.8 (R2009a), and will not work with earlier versions. It requires only core MATLAB to run (i.e. no toolbox, the only exception being the 'signal processing' toolbox used for EEG/MEG data).
See the System Requirements page for a list of suitable platforms to run MATLAB and the Platform Roadmap for the correspondance between MATLAB versions and supported platforms.

MEX files: Whilst the majority of the code is implemented as standard MATLAB M-files, SPM also uses external MEX files, written in C, to perform some of the more computationally intensive operations. Pre-compiled binaries of these external C-MEX routines are provided for Windows (32 and 64 bit), Linux (32 and 64 bit) & Mac Intel (32 bit). For these platforms, SPM should work straight out of the box.
For other platforms (Mac PowerPc, Mac Intel 64 bit and Sun Solaris), you will need to create the MEX files using a suitable C compiler and the Makefile provided with the SPM distribution. If you send us the compiled binaries, we would be happy to include them in the SPM archive for other users benefit.

File Format: SPM8 uses the NIFTI-1 file format for the image data. All images are written as NIFTI-1, but it will also read the old Analyze format used by SPM2. Tools are provided to import data from DICOM, MINC and ECAT7.
SPM8 also uses the GIfTI file format for surface-based data.

Technical publications
See the SPM Bibliography for a complete list.
Applications publications
Lots of em..
Other information

SPM8 greatly beneficiates from the contributions of other packages:

  • FieldTrip: A MATLAB tolbox for MEG and EEG data analysis that is being developed at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
  • matlabbatch: A stand-alone batch system for MATLAB, developed upon the ideas initiated in the SPM5 job manager.
  • Keywords
    functional, NIfTI-1 support, registration, segmentation, statistical, visualization, volume, warping
    Linux, MacOS, MATLAB, UNIX, Windows
    IATR listing last updated
    02 Apr 2009