A template to start an ITK Module
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This is a module for the Insight Toolkit (ITK) for segmentation and registration. It is designed to work with the ITK modular system.

This module is a template to be used as a starting point for a new ITK module.

Getting Started

The following will get an external module started in a new repository:

python -m pip install cookiecutter
python -m cookiecutter gh:InsightSoftwareConsortium/ITKModuleTemplate
# Fill in the information requested at the prompts

Reasonable defaults will be provided for all of the parameters. The parameters are:

Your full name.
Your email.
Your GitHub username.
This is a name for the project, which is ITK followed by the module name, by convention. Examples include ITKIsotropicWavelets or ITKBoneMorphometry.
This is the name of the module. Since this is an external module, it does not start with the ITK prefix. It is in CamelCase, by convention. Examples include IsotropicWavelets and BoneMorphometry.
The skeleton of an itk::ImageToImageFilter will be created by default. Optionally specify this value, if you will be adding an itk::ImageToImageFilter to your module.
This is the name of the Python package that will be created from the module. By convention, this is itk-<project_name in lower case>. For example, itk-isotropicwavelets or itk-bonemorphometry.
This is the download url added to the Python package metadata. This can be the GitHub repository URL.
A short description to use in the project README, module Doxygen documentation, and Python package documentation.
A long description to use in the project README, module Doxygen documentation, and Python package documentation.

The output of the cookiecutter is a buildable ITK external module with example classes. Remove or replace the classes with your new classes. Push your new module to GitHub, and enable builds on CircleCI, TravisCI, and AppVeyor.

Documentation on how to populate the module can be found in the ITK Software Guide.

To improve the discoverability of your module on GitHub, first push the associated repository, then add itk-module to the project's GitHub Topics .

Remote Module

After an Insight Journal article has been submitted, the module can be included in ITK as a remote module. Add a file in "ITK/Modules/Remote" called "YourModule.remote.cmake", for this module it would be "ExternalExample.remote.cmake" with the followlowing contents:

  "A description of the a module."
  GIT_REPOSITORY http://github.com/myuser/ITKMyModule.git
  GIT_TAG abcdef012345

Python Packages

Continuous integration service configurations are included to build Python packages for Linux, macOS, and Windows. These packages can be downloaded and uploaded to the Python Package Index (PyPI).

ITKv4 Branch

In the transition to the major release of ITKv5 your module might want to be compatible with both versions: ITKv4 and ITKv5. In order to do that, keep the master branch for development with ITKv5, and create another branch, named ITKv4, or release, that is compatible with the version 4.13 of ITK. For examples and updated information on how to do this: please check the discourse conversation.


This software is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license. Please see the LICENSE file for details.


  • Bradley Lowekamp
  • Matt McCormick
  • Jean-Baptiste VIMORT