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orient aligns the principal components of the atoms in the selection with the XYZ axes. The function is similar to the orient command in X-PLOR.


orient object-or-selection [, state]
orient (selection)


cmd.orient( string object-or-selection [, state = 0] )


  state = 0 (default) use all coordinate states
  state = -1 use only coordinates for the current state
  state > 0  use coordinates for a specific state


For models with NCS symmetry, orient will align the model with the symmetry axis centered along the viewport's z axis. For example,

  fetch 1hiw, async=0
  as cartoon
  remove (!chain A,B,C)

will produce the first image below. However, if there is a larger symmetry, e.g. two trimers, this will not work. In the above example, leaving out remove (!chain A,B,C) from the script results in the second image below. <gallery> Image:1hiw orient.png|One trimer from 1hiw after "orient" ..→

A Random PyMOL-generated Cover. See Covers.