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load reads several file formats. The file extension is used to determine the format. PDB files must end in ".pdb", MOL files must end in ".mol", Macromodel files must end in ".mmod", XPLOR maps must end in ".xplor", CCP4 maps must end in ".ccp4", Raster3D input (Molscript output) must end in ".r3d", PyMOL session files must end in ".pse", and pickled ChemPy models with a ".pkl" can also be directly read.

If an object is specified, then the file is loaded into that object. Otherwise, an object is created with the same name as the file prefix.


load filename [,object [,state [,format [,finish [,discrete [,multiplex ]]]]]]


cmd.load( filename [,object [,state [,format [,finish [,discrete [,multiplex ]]]]]] )


  • filename : string Path or URL to the file to load.
  • object : string Name of Pymol object to store the structure in. Defaults to the filename prefix.
  • state : integer State number to store the ..→
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