This new universal app provides fast, on-the-go access to the RCSB PDB. The app enables the general public researchers and scholars to search the PDB and visualize protein structures over a WiFi or cellular data connection.

Search the entire PDB database, view the latest protein and nucleic acid structures released, access your MyPDB account, view the entire catalog of Molecule of the Month articles, and more.

RCSB PDB Mobile: iOS and Android mobile apps to provide data access and visualization to the RCSB Protein Data Bank
(2014) Bioinformatics doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu596

Available for the iPhone/iPod/iPad (free)

Available for Android 2.3.3 and above (free)

Known Issues

  • Molecular Viewer (NDKmol) currently cannot support large structures represented only in PDBx/mmCIF
  • The viewer is currently not supported on Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

RCSB PDB Mobile Features

View molecules in 3D

View PDB structures with the molecular viewer NDKMol (courtesy of Dr. Takanori Nakane, Kyoto University). Interactively view a molecule from by entering a PDB ID or launching the viewer from the search results. Images can be saved to the iPhone's Camera Roll.

Search the PDB

Search the entire PDB by macromolecule name, author name(s) and PDB ID. Up to one thousand results are displayed for each search query in a scrollable list. The latest weekly releases can also be viewed at the press of a button.

Filter returned results (iOS)

Query results can be instantly filtered by author name, title and organism to rapidly identify relevant results.

Access Molecule of the Month articles

View the latest feature and browse the archive of Molecule of the Month articles that highlight important biological molecules and how they function with descriptive text, and pictures. Links to example molecules can be viewed within the app.

Read the latest RCSB PDB news

Catch up on the latest news from the RCSB PDB team, including the latest website features, relevant scientific developments, and our educational outreach activities.

Connect to your MyPDB account

MyPDB stores regularly-used searches, sends out email alerts for new structures, and provides easy access to personalized notes and structure lists. RCSB PDB Mobile enables access to MyPDB content on the go.

Annotate entries for your personal use

PDB entries can be annotated and tagged through your MyPDB account for personal viewing.