Welcome to the FieldTrip website

FieldTrip is the MATLAB software toolbox for MEG, EEG and iEEG analysis, which is released free of charge as open source software under the GNU general public license. FieldTrip is developed by members and collaborators of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Please cite the reference paper when you have used FieldTrip in your study.

Robert Oostenveld, Pascal Fries, Eric Maris, and Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen. FieldTrip: Open Source Software for Advanced Analysis of MEG, EEG, and Invasive Electrophysiological Data. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, 2011; 2011:156869.

To get started, head over to the getting started documentation and the tutorials.

Latest release

The latest code developments can be tracked in detail on GitHub.

21 November, 2022

FieldTrip version 20221121 has been released. See GitHub for the detailed list of updates.


  • 2a8e430 Merge commit ‘f2d42c7’ into release
  • f2d42c7 Merge pull request #2142 from StolkArjen/colscf
  • 21ef3a1 tweak
  • e7d3cc2 fix unfortunate choice of test parameter
  • 0e1e432 Merge pull request #2141 from StolkArjen/colscf
  • 5d753d1 fix: clim-dependent scaling of cloud radius
  • 93e6bf8 fix: cloud radius scaling

Recent citations

These are recent citations on Pubmed, you can find a more complete list on Google Scholar.

Neuromodulatory effects of theta burst stimulation to the prefrontal cortex

Moffa AH, Boonstra TW, Wang A, Martin D, Loo C, Nikolin S Scientific Data, 2022 Nov 21; 9:717.

Magnetoencephalography recordings reveal the spatiotemporal dynamics of recognition memory for complex versus simple auditory sequences

Fernández-Rubio G, Brattico E, Kotz SA, Kringelbach ML, Vuust P, Bonetti L Communications Biology, 2022 Nov 19; 5:1272.

Phase separation of competing memories along the human hippocampal theta rhythm

Kerrén C, van Bree S, Griffiths BJ, Wimber M eLife, 2022 Nov 17; 11:e80633.

Sensory Target Detection at Local and Global Timescales Reveals a Hierarchy of Supramodal Dynamics in the Human Cortex

Niedernhuber M, Raimondo F, Sitt JD, Bekinschtein TA The Journal of Neuroscience, 2022 Nov 16; 42(46):8729-8741.

Understanding action concepts from videos and brain activity through subjects’ consensus

Cavazza J, Ahmed W, Volpi R, Morerio P, Bossi F, Willemse C, Wykowska A, Murino V Scientific Reports, 2022 Nov 9; 12:19073.

News and announcements

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07 October, 2022

A while ago we have added some new visualization functionality to ft_multiplotER, which now allows for MNE-Python style butterfly plots, such as in the attached image. All you need is to specify some options in your cfg: cfg.viewmode = 'butterfly', cfg.linecolor = 'spatial', along with the proper layout. Go and check it out!

30 August, 2022

After having been postponed for 2 years, Biomag 2020 is ‘on’! We are enjoying lively social interactions and discussions with our friends and colleagues, and listening to interesting scientific stuff. The picture shows our own Bob Bramson in action on the stage of the Bramall concert hall at Birmingham University.

07 May, 2022

In a few days, and after an absence of 2 years, we will again host our Donders advanced MEG/EEG-toolkit on-site. We are excited to finally be able to teach in real life again. With the help of our youngest future colleague all workshop PCs have been prepared and tested.

15 April, 2022

In the past we used an FTP server to distribute files, but as of April 2022 we switched to a new download server that can be found on https://download.fieldtriptoolbox.org. It supports WebDAV, which means that you can download individual files using your web browser. You can also download a complete directory (with subdirectories) at once using a specialized WebDAV client such as CyberDuck or FileZilla. On Windows and macOS you can even mount the WebDAV server as a “network file system” and treat it as a network drive.

10 March, 2022

From May 9-13 we will host the MEG/EEG FieldTrip data analysis toolkit at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen. The toolkit course is aimed at PhD and postdoctoral researchers that already have some experience with EEG and/or MEG data acquisition (either a pilot or a full study) and that have a good understanding of their own experimental design. Furthermore, we expect that you know the basics of MATLAB and that you already have some experience with MEG/EEG preprocessing and analysis. We will teach you advanced data analysis methods and cover preprocessing, frequency analysis, source reconstruction, connectivity and various statistical methods. Furthermore, we will give attention to good practices for reproducible research, Open Data and Open Science.

We hope and expect that we will be able to teach this toolkit on site.

See the toolkit2022 page for further details.

27 January, 2022

For a long time we used Google Analytics to collect website usage statistics. This allowed us to see how many visitors we have, which is important to convince funding agencies and directors of FieldTrip’s impact, and which pages were the most visited, which helps to guide our efforts in improving documentation.

In the summer of 2020 we introduced a “cookie banner” with the opportunity to disable third-party cookies. The number of unique visitors that was counted subsequently dropped 85%, from approximately 3500 to 500 per week (with a short glitch in 2021 due to a bug). This indicates that you don’t like cookies; which we understand.

For website usage statistics we have now implemented Plausible, an open source web analytics solution without tracking cookies that is fully compliant with GDPR, CCPA and PECR. It only stores that you have visited, not who you are, and it does not share any information across websites to build user profiles. Plausible allows us to get the minimal information that we need, but none of your personal information.

Furthermore, we have updated the search functionality. If you are fine with third-party cookies, it will continue to use Google Search. If you reject third-party cookies, it will now use DuckDuckGo, which does not track you.

19 December, 2021

Recently we have had some issues with the automatic updating of the website, most notably resulting in the download form being broken. It is now hopefully solved with this fix.