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BoneJ 1.x (ImageJ)
Author Mdoube
Maintainer Mdoube
Source on GitHub
Development status Active

BoneJ is a plugin for bone image analysis in ImageJ. It provides free, open source tools for trabecular geometry and whole bone shape analysis.

Experimental release (BoneJ2)

There's a new modernized version of BoneJ available through the ImageJ updater. Read more about BoneJ2.


Imagej1-icon.png BoneJ was designed to work with plain ImageJ 1.x.

Fiji-icon.png BoneJ can be installed into Fiji, but you must use the Java-6 version of Fiji, not the current Java-8 version:

  • Download the final Java-6 version of Fiji labeled “2017 May 30” from here.
  • Unpack it somewhere beneath your home folder.
  • Download and install BoneJ_.jar into that installation's plugins folder.
  • Launch Fiji and run Plugins  › 3D Viewer to trigger installation of the 3D Viewer.
  • Restart Fiji.

For technical details about ImageJ and Fiji using Java 6 vs. Java 8, see the Java 8 page.

BoneJ and pQCT

BoneJ and pQCT plug-ins are in the process of separation. The latter have their own update site, and they don't need BoneJ to work. However, if you download BoneJ_.jar from it still includes older versions of the pQCT tools.