User User guide

The user guide provides detailed documentation of the GUI of NEST Desktop.

How to use NEST Desktop

Setup guide

Learn how to install NEST Desktop

Basic usage

Learn the basic steps how to use NEST Desktop

Advanced guide


Project view

Allows users to construct networks and analyse activity

Model view

Contains different components to explore models.


Network graph

Shows nodes and connections in the network editor

Activity chart graph

Activity can be displayed in a chart graph for spikes and analog signals

Activity animation graph

Animated activity graph for the spatial network of neurons with geographical positions


Copy model

The user learns how to copy a model.

Compartmental neuron

The user learns how to create a compartmental neuron.

Synapse model

The user learns the implementation of a synapse model in a simulation.

External software

Simulate with Insite

Learn how to use NEST Desktop with Insite.

NeuroRobotics Platform

Learn how to use NEST Desktop with NRP.


Learn how to use NEST Desktop with ViSimpl.

LibreOffice extension

Create publication-ready network graphs.