List of computer-assisted organic synthesis software

Computer software for computer-assisted organic synthesis (CAOS) is used in organic chemistry and computational chemistry to facilitate the tasks of designing and predicting chemical reactions. The CAOS problem reduces to identifying a series of chemical reactions which can, from starting materials, produce a desired target molecule. CAOS algorithms typically use two databases: a first one of known chemical reactions and a second one of known starting materials (i.e., typically molecules available commercially). Desirable synthetic plans cost less, have high yield, and avoid using hazardous reactions and intermediates. Typically cast as a planning problem, significant progress has been made in CAOS.

The following table lists the abilities of the most versatile software packages that show an entry in two or more columns of the table.

  • WODCA – no trial version; proprietary software[1]
  • Organic Synthesis Exploration Tool (OSET) – open-source software[2]
  • CHIRON – no trial version; proprietary software[3]
  • SYLVIA – demo version; proprietary software; rapidly evaluates the ease of synthesis of organic compounds; can prioritize thousands of structures (e.g., generated by de novo design experiments or retrieved from large virtual compound libraries) according to their synthetic complexity[4]
  • ChemPlanner (formerly ARChem – Route Designer) - is an expert system to help chemists design viable synthetic routes for their target molecules; the knowledge base of reaction rules is algorithmically derived from reaction databases, and commercially available starting materials are used as termination points for the retrosynthetic search.[5]
  • ICSynth – a computer aided synthesis design tool that enables chemists to generate synthetic pathways for a target molecule, and a multistep interactive synthesis tree; at its core is an algorithmic chemical knowledge base of transform libraries that are automatically generated from reaction databases.[6]
  • Chematica

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