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Type Python Module
Author(s) Shivender Shandilya, Jason Vertrees, Thomas Holder
License BSD-2-Clause
This code has been put under version control in the project Pymol-script-repo


This script allows you to color two structures by Root Mean Square Deviation (RMSD). The distances between aligned C-alpha atom pairs are stored as B-factors of these residues, which are colored by a color spectrum, with blue specifying the minimum pairwise RMSD and red indicating the maximum. Unaligned residues are colored gray.


colorbyrmsd mobile, target [, doAlign [, doPretty [, guide [, method ]]]]


  • mobile = string: atom selection for mobile atoms
  • target = string: atom selection for target atoms
  • doAlign = 0 or 1: Superpose selections before calculating distances {default: 1}
  • doPretty = 0 or 1: Show nice representation and colors {default: 1}
  • guide = 0 or 1: Only use C-alpha atoms {default: 1}
  • method = align or super: Method to match atoms {default: super}


# example #1
colorbyrmsd 1cbs, 1hmt, doAlign=1, doPretty=1
# example #2
colorbyrmsd 1eaz, 1fao, doAlign=1, doPretty=1