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OEDocking TK

There are a wide variety of docking programs available to the community at large; however, until now there have been no resources in existence for individual methods developers to provide a common and well-supported foundation for the development of new docking and scoring applications.

The OEDocking TK from OpenEye is a programming library that provides this core docking and scoring functionality. Coupled with the highly acclaimed cheminformatics functionality in OEChem, the OEDocking TK is a comprehensive solution for anyone seeking to develop new docking tools. The toolkit supports docking, scoring, and optimization with the Chemscore, Chemgauss3, PLP, and Shapegauss scoring functions. The ligand-aware Hybrid Docking functionality unique to OpenEye's FRED docking program as well as the POSIT shape fitting algorithm for pose prediction are also provided in the toolkit. C++, C#, Python, and Java are supported.

For more detailed information on OEDocking TK, check out the link below:

The OpenEye Toolkit Ecosystem
The OpenEye Toolkit Ecosystem


  • Exhaustive search followed by pose optimization
  • Hybrid docking (uses the structure of a known bound active to guide docking)
  • Docking constraints
  • Score optimization (systematic solid body optimization)
  • Breakdown of score by atom and/or scoring function component
  • Score annotation (scores are stored on molecule for visualization in VIDA
Scoring Functions
  • Chemgauss4
  • Chemgauss3
  • Chemscore
  • PLP
  • Shapegauss


The Modeling suite of toolkits provides the core functionality underlying OpenEye's defining principle that shape & electrostatics are the two fundamental descriptors determining intermolecular interactions. Many of the toolkits in the Modeling suite are directly associated with specific OpenEye applications and can, therefore, be used to create new or extend existing functionality associated with those applications.

  • OEChem TK Core chemistry handling and representation as well as molecule file I/O
  • FastROCS™ TK Real-time shape similarity for virtual screening, lead hopping & shape clustering
  • OEDocking TK Molecular docking and scoring
  • Omega TK Conformer generation
  • Shape TK 3D shape description, optimization, and overlap
  • SiteHopper TK Rapid Comparison of Protein Binding Sites
  • Spicoli TK Surface generation, manipulation, and interrogation
  • Spruce TK Protein preparation and modeling
  • Szybki TK General purpose optimization with MMFF94
  • Szmap TK Understanding water interactions in a binding site
  • Zap TK Calculate Poisson-Boltzmann electrostatic potentials


The Cheminformatics suite of toolkits provides the core foundation upon which all the OpenEye applications and remaining toolkits are built.

  • OEChem TK Core chemistry handling and representation as well as molecule file I/O
  • OEDepict TK 2D Molecule rendering and depiction
  • Grapheme™ TK Advanced molecule rendering and report generation
  • GraphSim TK 2D molecular similarity (e.g. fingerprints)
  • Lexichem TK name-to-structure, structure-to-name, foreign language translation
  • MolProp TK Molecular property calculation and filtering
  • Quacpac TK Tautomer enumeration and charge assignment
  • MedChem TK Matched molecular pair analysis, fragmentation utilities, and molecular complexity metrics


  1. Gaussian Docking Functions Mark McGann, Harold R Almond, Anthony Nicholls, J. Andrew Grant and Frank K. Brown, BioPolymers, 2003, 68, 76-90.
  2. Deciphering common failures in molecular docking of ligand-protein complexes Gennady M. Verkivker, Djamal Bouzida, Daniel K. Gehlaar, Paul A. Rejto, Sandra Arthurs, Anthony B. Colson, Stephan T. Freer, Veda Larson, Brock A. Luty, Tami Marrone and Peter W. Rose, J. Comput. Aided Mol. Des., 2000, 14, 731-751.
  3. Empirical scoring functions: I. The development of a fast empirical scoring function to estimate the binding affinity of ligands in receptor complexes Matthew D. Eldridge, Christopher W. Murray, Timothy R. Auton, Gaia V. Paolini and Roger P. Mee., J. Comput. Aided Mol. Des., 1997, 11, 425-445.

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