Installation and Use

Pinpoint is a tool for planning Neuropixels recordings with up to sixteen 1.0, 2.0, or up to four 4-shank 2.0 probes.

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Code is on our Github repository.


The easiest way to use Pinpoint is through our web app.

If you encounter issues please try refreshing the page (sometimes the 3D mesh files don’t download on the first load). If that fails, disable any plugins that might be interfering with javascript (e.g. ad blockers).

Standalone builds

Windows desktop builds are available on the releases page.

Linux and Mac builds available on request.


Please see the tutorials pages for instructions.


The most common cause of Pinpoint not loading is that your browser is blocking the data from downloading. Disabling plugins that interfere with javascript often resolves these issues (e.g. ad blocking plugins).

The second common issue is not using https to access the site, this is required for the data to download properly.


Please report issues on the issues page.


Inspired by Andy Peters’ trajectory explorer.

CCF Atlas downloaded from the Allen data portal

Mouse brain artwork from Scidraw



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