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NeuroTessMesh provides a visual environment for the generation of 3D polygonal meshes that approximate the membrane of neuronal cells, from the morphological tracings that describe the morphology of the neurons. The 3D models can be tessellated at different levels of detail, providing either homogeneous or adaptive resolution along the model. The soma shape is recovered from the incomplete information of the tracings, applying a physical deformation model that can be interactively adjusted.

See NeuroTessMesh web page and NeuroTessMesh manual for a complete description and sample data tests.


  • Required dependencies:

    • neurolots
  • Optional dependencies:

    • Qt5.4: enables building NeuroTessMesh viewer (*)
    • ZeroEQ: enables syncing selections and syncing camera
    • Lexis: provides the base vocabulary for ZeroEQ for sync operations
    • gmrvLex: enables sending focus messages

Note: nsol library is automatically downloaded and built if not found by cmake.

Note: Qt version 5.4 or above is mandatory to build NeuroTessMesh.


NeuroTessMesh has been successfully built and used on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Mac OSX High Sierra and Windows 10 64-bits with Visual Studio 2015. Please ensure that you build the Release version in order to get the best performance possible.

git clone
mkdir neurotessmesh/build && cd neurotessmesh/build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release


If building process was OK, you can try NeuroTessMesh with the command:

./bin/NeuroTessMesh -swc nsol/tests/ExampleNeuron.swc

All the features can be accessed using the NeuroTessMesh GUI but some of them are also available through CLI. Running the following can provide a list of the CLI arguments NeuroTessMesh accepts:

./bin/NeuroTessMesh --help

In order to check which optional dependencies have been used, the following command can be used:

./bin/NeuroTessMesh --version