Perple_X Documentation



NOTE: As of July 2011, Perple_X 6.6.6+ is the default version of the Perple_X. An unfortunate consequence of the change in versions is that most of the examples and tutorials referred to here are out of date. The out-of-date examples and tutorials are, in most cases, useful because the basic information passed between the various programs has not changed although many of the prompts have been eliminated or reordered.


Web-Based Tutorials:

The Perple_X on-line documentation illustrates certain specific types of calculations. These illustrations often assume some basic knowledge of the Perple_X programs; for beginning users it may be more helpful to work through the off-line tutorial and/or examples.

Web-based documentation

Flow charts of program structure


Other Tutorials:

This tutorial is not current, so prompts and computational results obtained now with Perple_X may differ from those in the documentation, despite this problem, working through the offline documentation may still be the best of learning how to use Perple_X. Note that the chapter dealing with fixed bulk compositions has been supplanted by on-line pseudosection tutorials.

External Tutorials


An on-line guide to example problems done with Perple_X.

Other Documentation:

The original technical documentation is a potpourri of different kinds of information on topics such as the equations of state implemented in Perple_X for compounds and solutions and the structure of various Perple_X data files. The technical documentation is not up-to-date and it is probably not a useful document for Perple_X novices.


These files contain various types of technical information (file formats, etc) for specific Perple_X programs.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Links to various (user supplied) scripts and/or facilities that automate aspects of Perple_X. Some of the scripting written for Perple_X 06 and earlier versions of Perple_X may not function as written in Perple_X 07. Perple_X 07: Perple_X 06: External data processing:

Elementary Phase Diagram Principles (PS/ZIP):

These are notes prepared (with emphasis on elementary), for short courses some years ago. The first part deals with some basic thermodynamic principles, especially G-X diagrams. The second part offers a brief (out of date) comparison of computational methods, and elaborates on aspects of Perple_X algorithms.

Some Papers Related to Perple_X:

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