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OpenSesame is a tool to create experiments for psychology, neuroscience, and experimental economics.

Copyright, 2010-2016, Sebastiaan Mathôt and contributors.

Build Status


  • A comprehensive graphical user interface--flexible and easy-to-use
  • Support for Python scripting--add the power of Python to your experiment
  • Support for external devices--use your eye tracker, button box, EEG equipment, etc.
  • Free and open source--released under the GPL3
  • Crossplatform--runs on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android (runtime only)


Each major version of OpenSesame lives in its own branch. The master branch contains the latest stable version.

  • gibson - 2.8
  • heisenberg - 2.9
  • ising - 3.0
  • james - 3.1


OpenSesame is a graphical experiment builder. OpenSesame provides an easy to use, point-and-click interface for creating psychological/ neuroscientific experiments.


Mathôt, S., Schreij, D., & Theeuwes, J. (2012). OpenSesame: An open-source, graphical experiment builder for the social sciences. Behavior Research Methods, 44(2), 314-324. doi:10.3758/s13428-011-0168-7


If you wish to contribute to OpenSesame (and you are welcome to!), please visit:


OpenSesame is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License 3. The full license should be included in the file COPYING, or can be obtained from:

OpenSesame contains works of others. For the full license information, please refer to debian/copyright.


Installation instructions and documentation are available on the documentation website ...

... which is itself also hosted on GitHub:

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