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This repository is a variant of MITK, as used by the NifTK project.

The original MITK is here:

The original MITK is mirrored to GitHub here:

This repository is a fork of

Updating NifTK/MITK

NifTK/MITK is based on the latest official MITK release (upstream).

The default branch in the repository is 'niftk'. The repository does not have a 'master' branch. Upgrading to the next upstream release follows like this:

git remote add mitk
git fetch mitk
git checkout niftk
git pull
... revert local changes that have been fixed in MITK ...
git merge mitk/v2016.03.0

To avoid potential conflicts at merge, it is recommended to revert the changes in our fork that have been fixed in the upstream since the previous release. The list of commits that have to be reverted can be found in later sections of this document.

Differences from the upstream

The NifTK project aims to have as few differences as possible between this fork and the original MITK. All bugfixes should be raised in the MITK bugzilla and then a branch created here, forking from mitk/master and using the branch naming convention


For example:

git fetch mitk
git checkout -b bug-16074-run-app-from-current-dir mitk/master

The commits on the branch must be signed off by including a line like this in the commit message:

Signed-off-by: John Doe <>

For more details, see:

git push origin bug-16074-run-app-from-current-dir

When the branch is pushed, a pull request (PR) has to be created and the link to the PR be pasted to the bugzilla ticket. MITK can then merge the bugfix into their code, and we pick up the fix when we update our fork next time.

To apply the changes to this fork, we need to cherry-pick the changes on the PR branch upon the niftk branch:

git checkout niftk
git checkout -b run-app-from-current-dir
git cherry-pick ^bug-16074-run-app-from-current-dir..bug-16074-run-app-from-current-dir

The list of commits have to be recorded in this file. See next sections. When this is done, the branch can be merged back to the niftk branch and can be deleted.

git log --oneline niftk..HEAD
... add short description of the issue, MITK bug number and list of commits ...
git add
git commit -m "Readme file updated"
git checkout niftk
git merge --no-ff run-app-from-current-dir

The run-app-from-current-dir branch (example) can be deleted, it does not need to be pushed to github. The bug-16074-run-app-from-current-dir branch can as well be deleted from the origin after it has been merged or rejected by MITK.

There are, however, cases where the NifTK project requires functional differences that are not going to be part of the official MITK. Again, these should be as few as possible. In this case there may not be a bugzilla bug report raised with MITK, so the branch naming convention should be just


These feature branches should be forked from the niftk branch merged back into it once testing was complete and the list of changes have been recorded in this file. See next sections. Once the branch is merged, it can be deleted.

Known Differences to the upstream

The following is a list of differences that are not going to be integrated to the upstream. Note that in the past the branch name was recorded here, but the entries should have a short description, the CMICLab issue number and a list of commits (git log --oneline) instead. Merged branches can be removed.

  • Branch: trac-2711-MITK-README

    This README was added, and which is then updated from many branches.

    CMICLab issue: 2711

    • 76d163f Merge branch 'trac-2711-MITK-audit-response-to-Miklos' into niftk
    • 17a49c1 Updated README following Miklos's suggestions
    • 1047bca Merge branch 'trac-2711-MITK-README' into niftk
    • 3dde151 Provide MITK instructions in README file
    • 74dd388 Added README on niftk branch
    • b3344f6 Merge branch 'trac-2711-MITK-audit' into niftk
  • Provide property to turn off black background in Geometry2DDataVtkMapper3D.

    It was found that an image used as a plane in a 3D window using mitkGeometry2DDataVtkMapper3D.h would be visible in one 3D window, and not in another 3D window. This may be related to MITK bug 2134.

    CMICLab issue: 2717

    • 452e3e2 Provide visibility property for background actor
  • Branch: trac-2571-data-manager-dnd-derived-nodes

    Provide ability to drag and drop nodes in DataManager, so that the dropped node becomes a child of the drop target.

    CMICLab issue: 2571

    • f86e71e Merge branch 'b2571-data-manager-dnd-derived-nodes' into niftk
    • c0855b8 Support for moving nodes to another parent in the data manager
    • a57061e Merge branch 'bug-15488-data-manager-wrong-drop-position' into niftk
    • cfeed4e Fix wrong insertion point with DnD in the data manager

    Branch: 2571-data-manager-dnd-crash

    Fix for crash when dragging node to the bottom.

    • dbcd1a5 Merge branch '2571-data-manager-dnd-crash' into niftk
    • 72fa572 Fix for crash when dragging nodes to the bottom in the data manager

    CMICLab issue: 2571

  • Branch: trac-3528-QmitkDataStorageComboBox-autoselection-fix

    Change node-auto-selection behaviour for QmitkDataStorageComboBox to no select anything if the Combobox is editable. It used to select a node despite auto-selection being turned off if nothing had been selected yet. Now it will preserve the user entered text (if any) and the fact that nothing has been selected.

    CMICLab issue: 3528

    • 1f355f0 Merge branch 'trac-3528-QmitkDataStorageComboBox-autoselection-fix' into niftk
    • 39fd6b3 Dont auto-select a different node if current selection is deleted
  • Mark a nested class as dll-export so that we can use it in NifTK.

    CMICLab issue: 4158

    • f1ff7fb Merge branch 'trac-4158-LocalFile-dll-export' into niftk
    • 89ce233 Bug #4158: mark nested LocalFile class for dll export too, so that we can use it from niftk
  • Pass down the CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH variable to MITK external projects

    CMICLab issue: 4082

    • b7fe729 Merge branch '4082-cmake-prefix-path' into niftk
    • 6e26ccb CMake prefix path passed down to the MITK subproject
  • Remove the mitkColormap dropdown menu in the datamanager.

    CMICLab issue: 4463

    • 440efa6 Merge pull request #2 from NifTK/trac-4463-DisableMITKColormap
    • ffca398 Bug #4463: Adding to change list.
    • 3d48c26 Bug #4463: removing all references to color maps in the datamanager view.
  • vtkMitkLevelWindowFilter does not rescale vtkLookupTable if IndexedLookup is set to true.

    CMICLab issue: 4501

    • 1862fe1 Rescaling according to maximum possible value, not maxIndex value.
    • e88c723 Merge branch 'trac-4501-MITK-Labeled-Map-Rescaling-Fix' into niftk
    • 73d9614 Bug #4501: vtkMitkLevelWindowFilter fix to not rescale the lookuptable when indexedlookup is set to true.
    • 34ddba7 Separating mitkLookupTablePropertySerliazer into header and source
  • Disable nifti IO of MITK as NifTK has its own one. Having two is confusing because the user is shown a dialog to choose at File / Open, but they are not supposed to know the difference. Moreover, our reader is 'superior', as it has not just the fix of the MITK one but also more.

    CMICLab issue: 4524

    • 0b4aff3 Nifti IO is disabled

Changes that are outstanding (waiting to be merged) with MITK

The following is a list of differences that are expected to be integrated to the upstream. Note that in the past the branch name was recorded here, but the entries should have a short description, the MITK bug number and a list of commits (git log --oneline) instead. Merged branches can be removed.

  • Introduce a function to block signals from mitk::SliceNavigationController.

    CMICLab issue: 2627

    MITK bug: 16895

    • 0ec694f Function for blocking signals from slice navigation controller
  • Re-factored the BasicImageProcessing code:

    • separated processing code to a BasicImageProcessor class and moved it into MitkCore
    • re-factored the plugin to use the BasicImageProcessor class
    • fixed templating to allow correct handling of all image types
    • added non-binary thresholding
    • changed downsampling interpolation to linear (used to be nearest neighbour)

    CMICLab issue: 4398

    • d791383 Fix warnings treated as errors in BasicImageProcessor class
    • f23673b Bug #4398: Removed traces of ISelectionListener
    • 17f81f6 Bug #4398: Updated the export symbol
    • f83b2d6 Bug #4398: Updated the plugin to use the BasicImageProcessor from Core module
    • 75f0151 Bug #4398: Added the BasicImageProcessing class
  • Cast binary threshold output image to unsigned char image.

    CMICLab issue: 4448

    MITK bug: 19407

    • c5be978 Fix compiler warning with gcc in basic image processor code
    • 8951dfa Bug 4448: Now force-casting the output of binary threshold to unsigned char pixel type
  • Improvements to make the clipping plane plugin work for surfaces and images, too, not only segmentations.

    MITK bug: 19411

    • 6fffad5 Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/4449-clippingplane-revamp' into niftk
    • f3a6322 Bug #4449: Not clipping surfaces with deformed planes.
    • 815a2b4 Bug #4449: Copy the level-window of the reference to the clipped image
    • a3b9a13 Bug #4449: Tidy up
    • 85e09b5 Bug #4449: Changed which side of the plane is clipped and made sure that volume is actually clipped (i.e. set to zero and not identical to input)
    • cde4bd7 Bug #4449: Changed how the clipping planes are re-centred, changed UI interaction logic and the clipped node naming.
    • 1264536 Bug #4449: Modified the deformableClippingPlane plugin to clip surfaces as well as images.
  • Fix for putting correct DCMTK path to MITKConfig.cmake

    MITK bug: 19442

    • fa6225a Use DCMTK_ROOT variable instead of DCMTK_DIR to work around problems with DCMTKConfig
  • Suppress output from MITK persistence service.

    CMICLab issue: 4495

    Branch: trac-4495-merge-silence-persistence-service

    • f515603 Make AbstractFileReader silent when no mime type present
    • e9fa97c Make FileReaderWriterBase silent when it can't register an IO source without MIME type
    • fb09e2a PersistenceService output MITK_DEBUG, not MITK_INFO, so its silent on startup
    • c35c5e1 PersistenceActivator should not force debug output


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