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Structural MRI (Pre)processing and Neuroimaging Analysis: Setup

Setting up the tutorial environment

Getting workshop material

Method 1: Downloading directly from the repository

On the GitHub repo, click the green button that says “Code”, then click Download ZIP. Once downloaded, extract the ZIP file.

Method 2: Using Git

Using this method requires a (very) useful piece of software called git. The process of installing git depends heavily on whether you’re using MacOS, Windows or Linux. Follow the instructions in the link below to set up git on your PC:

Installing Git

Once you’ve installed git, open up your terminal and do the following:

git clone

This will download the repository directly into your current directory.

Setting up Python environment

We use python version 3.6.0, but any newer version should also work (Python 2 versions haven’t been tested). There are many methods to setting up a python environment but we’d recommend using some sort of virtual environment as to not break your system python install. Two methods (of many) are listed below:

Method 1: Setting up conda environment (easiest) [Windows, Linux, MacOS]

For easy set-up we recommend Anaconda to manage python packages for scientific computing. Once installed, setting up the python environment can be done quite easily:


  1. Install Anaconda Python version 3.7
  2. Open Anaconda Navigator
  3. Click on Environments on the left pane
  4. Click Create then type in SDC-BIDS-sMRI
  5. In the SDC-BIDS-sMRI entry click the play button then click Open Terminal
  6. In terminal type:
conda install -y numpy pandas scipy scikit-learn matplotlib seaborn jupyter ipykernel nb_conda 
conda install -y -c conda-forge awscli lxml nilearn nibabel statsmodels
pip install pybids
  1. Close the terminal, click on the play button again and open Jupyter Notebook
  2. Navigate to SDC-BIDS-sMRI folder you downloaded earlier.
  3. Done!

Linux and MacOS

After installing Anaconda, open terminal and type:

conda create -p ./SDC_sMRI_workshop_2021
source activate $(pwd)/SDC_sMRI_workshop_2021
conda install numpy pandas scipy scikit-learn matplotlib seaborn jupyter ipykernel nb_conda 
conda install -c conda-forge awscli nibabel nilearn lxml statsmodels
pip install pybids

Method 2: Using pyenv [Linux, MacOS]

An alternative method uses pyenv with pyenv virtualenv. This is a favourite because it seamlessly integrates multiple python versions and environments into your system while maintaining use of pip (instead of conda).

pyenv virtualenv 3.6.0 SDC_sMRI_workshop_2021
echo SDC_sMRI_workshop_2021 > .python-version
pip install --requirement requirements.txt

Finally open up the jupyter notebook to explore the tutorials:


# Include the line below if you are using anaconda environment and it is not already active
# source activate $(pwd)/SDC_sMRI_workshop_2021

jupyter notebook

Data used by the notebooks

All datasets needed for the notebook examples are inside the ./SDC-BIDS-sMRI/local_data/ directory.