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The Powder Diffraction File (PDF) Tutorials are designed to demonstrate the following:

  • Common features and applications
  • Hints and shortcuts
  • Embedded application software in the PDF
  • Use of embedded editorial & quality analyses
  • Different features in each database

Each Adobe PDF tutorial is restricted in size and is designed to take only a few minutes to download and read.

Play Video = Video Reference Available = Reference Material

Getting Started

Start here for
PDF-2, PDF-4, and WebPDF-4+ Tutorials

WebPDF-4+ 2015 - Just Updated!

New Features for Release 2014 - New!

Use PDF-2 Database - Just Updated!

Use PDF-4 Database - Just Updated!

Set up User Preferences

Sort, Order and Graph Data

Data Mine

Importing Data into the PDF - New!

Effectively use subfiles

Use chemical and structural classifications

Perform pattern simulations

Use 2D patterns

Combine Searches

Evaluate reference quality Reference Available

Use and display molecular graphics

Use Similarity Indexes, Integral Index

Using 3D Structure Graphics with PDF-4 Databases - Just Updated!


Metals & Alloys

Learn to identify possible prototype
structure types for an unknown
material and/or compare isotypical phases, their lattice parameters and chemistries.

Estimating the Pearson Symbol Code given the composition, unit cell, d/I list and hkl's- New!

Constructing and Using Pearson Symbol Codes – Example 1 – hP7 - New!

Constructing and Using Pearson Symbol Codes – Example 2 – hP20 to hP22 - New!

Constructing and Using Pearson Symbol Codes – Example 3 – mC16 to mC20 - New!


More Information

Using ICDD software
In order to demonstrate features and applications all tutorials use software embedded in the ICDD database. To access this software, open the database program (PDF-2 or PDF-4) from your program menu. All PDF-4 databases contain this software. All PDF-2 databases sold from Release 2010 onward contain this software; prior to Release 2010, PDF-2 databases had the software as a separate purchase under the name DDView. The programs are seamless and automatically launch when you open the database.  These programs are different from vendor software and common commercial search/match software and need to be opened separately.

Application Note: All PDF databases now use a relational database format with a JAVA™ interface. This structure facilitates complicated multi-criteria searches, which excel in data mining applications. Embedded software is designed to utilize editorial and quality analyses, facilitate searches, and aid material identification.  The ICDD databases and embedded software are designed to complement vendor software as described below.

Using Vendor Software
ICDD works intimately with dozens of global diffraction analysis (X-ray, electron, EBSD) software developers. The developers are provided instructions on how to access and use the database so that they can use their proprietary viewing programs to access both the PDF-2 or PDF-4 databases. These programs are not used in the tutorials except for some isolated cases where they demonstrate a database application interface provided by vendor software.

Application Note: ICDD distributor software offers an amazing versatility in data application and analyses. In general, these software systems are designed for user speed and convenience, while providing an array of sophisticated applications and analyses. Applications often include pattern fitting, Rietveld refinement, crystallite size analysis, stress and strain analyses, molecular visualization and display, cluster analyses, texture analyses, data collection and processing.

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