Download and Installation

Installation Video Tutorial


Program Version Size Operation System Comments 0.1beta 88 Mb Windows 10, MacOSX, Linux Requires MATLAB R2017b or later with the Image Processing Toolbox and Curve Fitting Toolbox. The Parallel Computing Toolbox is optional.
BiofilmQ.exe 0.1beta 133 Mb Windows 10 Does not require MATLAB licence. Internet connection required. 0.1beta 631 Mb Windows 10, MaxOSX, Linux Sample data for BiofilmQ Tutorials

We recommend the installation for users that have a MATLAB installation with the appropriate toolboxes listed above.

System Requirements

  • Memory: We recommend at least 16 GB of RAM, more is better.
  • CPU: We recommend an Intel i5 CPU or faster.
  • Screen resolution: We recommend a resolution of 1600px x 1200px or higher. With lower resolutions some panels may only be accessible by scrolling.
  • Screen size: We recommend 24” or higher.
  • Operating system: BiofilmQ is optimized for Windows 10 but also runs on MacOS and Linux.
  • MATLAB version: BiofilmQ was developed with MATLAB R2017b but should be compatible with at least MATLAB R2016a.
  • MATLAB toolboxes: Image Processing Toolbox (required), Curve Fitting Toolbox (required), Parallel Computing Toolbox (optional, speeds up computations).


  • You can change the font size in the menu bar: View Increase font size or View Decrease font size.

Installation from

  1. Extract
  2. Open MATLAB.
  3. In MATLAB, change the current path to the folder BiofilmQ was extracted into.
  4. Type the following command into the Command Window to launch BiofilmQ:

Installation from BiofilmQ.exe

  1. Change to your Download folder
  2. To start the installation double-click on BiofilmQ.exe
  3. In some cases a warning dialogue “Windows protected your PC” appears. Click on ‘more information’ and ‘Run anyway’.
  4. Next a user account control Window pops-up: “Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device”. Click Yes.
  5. The BiofilmQ installer starts. Click on ‘next’.
  6. In the install options, you can pick the file path. The default settings should be alright. Click on ‘next’.
  7. If you do not have an already installed MATLAB Runtime, you have to download it. Read the licence agreement and click on ‘next’
  8. Finally you can click ‘Install’ to start the installation.
  9. Once the installation has finished, click onn ‘finish’.
  10. You can find BiofilmQ in your Start menu.


Starting the BiofilmQ from a binary executable can take a while, don’t worry. It does work.