pCLAMP 10 Software

The gold standard for full-featured, user-friendly electrophysiology data acquisition and analysis software

Currently in version 10, pCLAMP™ Software fulfills many different experimental needs, such as synchronized stimulation, event detection, and online analysis. It is the most widely-used data acquisition and analysis program for the control and recording of voltage-clamp, current-clamp, and patch-clamp experiments. Three separate applications included are Clampex 10, AxoScope 10, and Clampfit 10.

The Clampex 10 Data Acquisition Module expands the range and quality of your data acquisition experiments. These improvements are useful for a wide variety of applications, allowing more flexibility in your experimental protocols.
New features include:
  • Membrane test supports monitoring cell health between sweeps during a recording
  • Membrane and seal tests combined into a single resizable window
  • Support for up to eight stimulus waveforms*
  • Control of eight digital outputs
  • Control of split-clock sampling per epoch during a sweep
  • Leak subtraction automatically saves both raw and corrected traces
  • All protocol durations are entered in time units
New ABF 2.0 file format
Existing functionality includes the ability to automate the execution of protocols with Sequencing Keys, a variety of recording modes from Gap-Free to Episodic Waveform stimulation, online filtering and leak subtraction, as well as online statistics and support of Automatic Quick Graphs.
The AxoScope 10 Software provides a convenient way to produce background recordings with the optional MiniDigi 2-Channel Digitizer. You can monitor cells during inter-sweep periods, or create an overview of the entire day's activities including voice tags.  The Clampex and Axoscope applications can acquire data concurrently on the same computer if both a MiniDigi Digitizer and a Digidata System are connected.
The Clampfit 10 Data Analysis Module is a powerful solution for analyzing, graphing, and formatting of all of your Clampex and AxoScope data. The Clampfit Module includes an extensive array of filtering and fitting routines. Functionality includes I-V graphs, power spectrums, and special "linked data views" for threshold (Action Potential), template (minis), and single-channel modes of event detection and analysis.

Basic Ion Channel Research

Ion channels are pore proteins that are involved in a large variety of physiological processes. Basic research in the ion channel field furthers the understanding of ion channel function as well as their roles within cellular pathways and processes. Single-channel research helps with elucidating the mechanisms underlying ion channel function on a single-molecule level. Whole-cell and perforated patch clamp recordings are typically used to investigate the action of modulators on entire populations of ion channels in the membrane of a cell. Learn more.

Cell Pathway Analysis

Ion channels are involved in many cell pathways and understanding the function of ion channels in response to changes in membrane potential or the presence or absence of other molecules is important in order to understand exactly how ion channels participate in normal and abnormal biological processes such as cell differentiation and migration, disease states, neuronal communications, etc. Learn more.

Disease Research

Ion channels play a role in many diseases, including hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, gastrointestinal, immune and neuromuscular disorders, pathological pain and cancer. By understanding the exact role that ion channels play in a particular disease, researchers might be able to find a way to affect the ion channel in such a way as to alter the course of the disease. Learn more.

Safety Assessment

A critical part of drug discovery involves safety assessments, such as hERG testing, in order to eliminate any compounds with potential safety concerns. Conventional patch clamp has played an important role in collecting evidence for the absence of side effects before submission of a drug candidate to regulatory authorities. Even if automated electrophysiology has shifted safety testing to earlier stages in the drug discovery process, follow-up with conventional patch clamp is an essential step in the workflow. Learn more.

pCLAMP 10 System Requirements
Computer Specifications (Recommended)
  • Windows 7 or 10 (32- or 64-bit). We only support Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.
  • 2 GHz CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB hard disk
  • 1920 x 1080 display
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 3 built-in USB 2.0 ports
  • Digidata 1550B Digitizer
  • Network connection
Supported Hardware


  • Digidata 1550, 1550A, or 1550B 8-Channel Digitizer (supported by pCLAMP v10.5)
  • Digidata 1440A 16-Channel Digitizer* (supported by pCLAMP v10.3, v10.4 & v10.5)
  • Digidata 1320 Series 16-Channel Digitizer* (supported by pCLAMP v10.3, but unable to support on 64-bit Operating Systems)
  • MiniDigi™ 1 Series 2-Channel Digitizer*
*  Windows 2000, Windows XP Pro, 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit OS
For further information, please visit our Knowledge Base


  • Axoclamp 900A Microelectrode Amplifier
  • Axopatch 200B Microelectrode Amplifier
  • MultiClamp 700B Microelectrode Amplifier
  • Most older models and third-party amplifiers with BNC telegraphing are also supported.
Analog signals from many other sources, such as transducers of physical parameters like pressure or light, can be acquired along with or instead of electrophysiological signals. In combination with the Digidata 1550B Low-Noise Data Acquisition System, analog and digital outputs can be used for sophisticated control of equipment in creative experiments.

Software Compatibility

  • MetaFluor Fluorescence Ratio Imaging Software: Software messaging facilitates concurrent electrophysiology and imaging experiments.
  • DataXpress Data Management and Analysis Software: pCLAMP opens data files stored in DataXpress.
  • OriginLab Data Analysis and Graphing Software: Origin opens native ABF files.
  • Many other third-party applications handle pCLAMP files.
Developer Information
Software libraries are available for programmers who want to write programs that read or write the Axon instruments data file formats produced by pCLAMP 10 (Clampex and AxoScope) data acquisition programs, and are still available for previous versions of the pCLAMP (Clampex and Fetchex), AxoScope, and AxoTape data acquisition programs.
Please note that technical support is not available for writing programs using these libraries.

For pCLAMP 10 (ABF 2):

  • File Support Pack 2 for Windows (release build) [ZIP] allows Windows programs to support the ABF and ATF data file formats for AxoScope 1 to 10, Clampex 6 to 10, Fetchex 6, and AxoTape 2, via Windows DLLs. (This build corrects the library in the previous 3/12/07 zip file.)
  • File Support Pack 2 for Windows (debug build) [ZIP] is the same as above, but includes extra error trapping code.
  • ABF 2 Docs [ZIP] file, provides details of the ABF 2 file header for non-Windows OS support. (Additional information on header details has been added.)

For previous versions of pCLAMP (ABF 1):

  • File Support Pack 1 for Windows [ZIP] allows Windows programs to support the ABF and ATF data file formats for AxoScope 1 to 9.2, Clampex 6 to 9.2, Fetchex 6, and AxoTape 2, via Windows DLLs or header offsets.
  • File Support Pack for DOS [EXE] allows DOS programs to support the ABF and ATF data file formats for Clampex 6, Fetchex 6, and AxoTape 2, and the EVL events list format for Fetchan 6 and pSTAT 6.

pCLAMP™ 10 Data Acquisition and Analysis Software

  • pCLAMP 10 software CD
  • MiniDigi™ 1 digitizer*
  • USB 1.1 cable*
  • USB 1.0 security key
  • User guide (printed)

pCLAMP Software Upgrade Options**

pCLAMP Software Upgrade Options
Upgrade Part Number
Upgrade from pCLAMP 5 to pCLAMP 10 PCLAMP 10 UPGRADE P5
Upgrade from pCLAMP 6 to pCLAMP 10 PCLAMP 10 UPGRADE P6
Upgrade from pCLAMP 7 to pCLAMP10 PCLAMP 10 UPGRADE P7
Upgrade from pCLAMP 8 to pCLAMP 10 PCLAMP 10 UPGRADE P8
Upgrade from pCLAMP 9 to pCLAMP 10* PCLAMP 10 UPGRADE P9
* pCLAMP 9 included a MiniDigi digitizer and USB cable, so upgrades from pCLAMP 9 to pCLAMP 10 do not include an additional MiniDigi digitizer and cable.
** Please provide your existing pCLAMP serial number on your purchase order to receive upgrade pricing

Number of Citations*: 3,290

Latest Citations:

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Oxygen-glucose deprivation increases firing of unipolar brush cells and enhances spontaneous EPSCs in Purkinje cells in the vestibulo-cerebellum

Y Takayasu, M Shino, O Nikkuni, Y Yoshida… - Neuroscience …, 2015 - Elsevier
... cells. An EPC-7 patch-clamp amplifier (HEKA, Darmstadt, Germany) was used for
recordings and a pCLAMP system (pClamp 10 software, Digidata 1440 interface;
Molecular Devices) was used for data acquisition and analysis. ...

Arc expression identifies the lateral amygdala fear memory trace

LA Gouty-Colomer, B Hosseini, IM Marcelo… - Molecular …, 2015 -
... Borosilicate glass pipettes (4–7 MOhm) were connected to an Axon Multiclamp 700B amplifier
(Molecular Devices, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) and data were acquired at 20 KHz, filtered at 3 KHz,
stored and analyzed using the pClamp software (pClamp 10, Molecular Devices). ...

Pore dimensions and the role of occupancy in unitary conductance of Shaker K channels

I Díaz-Franulic, RV Sepúlveda… - The Journal of …, 2015 -
... Voltage commands and current recordings were performed with an Axopatch 200B amplifier
through a Digidata 1200B or Digidata 1440 interface with pClamp 8 or pClamp 10 suites
(Molecular Devices). Current traces were Bessel filtered to 5 kHz and acquired at 100 kHz. ...

Dopamine depletion of the striatum causes a cell-type specific reorganization of GluN2B-and GluN2D-containing NMDA receptors

X Zhang, K Chergui - Neuropharmacology, 2015 - Elsevier
... 2.3. Data analysis and statistical methods. Data were acquired and analyzed with the pClamp
9 or pClamp 10 software (Axon Instruments, Foster City CA, USA). Numerical values are shown
as means ± SEM, with n indicating the number of neurons tested. ...

Characterization of three-dimensional retinal tissue derived from human embryonic stem cells in adherent monolayer cultures

RK Singh, RK Mallela, PK Cornuet… - Stem cells and …, 2015 -
... data). PCLAMP 9 or PCLAMP 10 software (Molecular Devices) was used for data
acquisition. See the “Electrophysiological recording - chemicals and solutions” section
in Supplementary Data for further methodological details. ...

Age-Dependent D1–D2 Receptor Coactivation in the Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Potentiates NMDA Receptors and Facilitates Cognitive Flexibility

JL Thompson, J Yang, B Lau, S Liu, C Baimel… - Cerebral …, 2015 - Oxford Univ Press
... EPSCs were filtered at 2 kHz, digitized at 10 kHz, and collected on-line using the pCLAMP 10
software. To determine NMDAR decay, using pClamp 10, we fit a double exponential curve with
a Chebychev approximation to the decay of the evoked EPSCs at +40 mV. ...

Nitric Oxide Signaling Is Recruited As a Compensatory Mechanism for Sustaining Synaptic Plasticity in Alzheimer's Disease Mice

S Chakroborty, J Kim, C Schneider… - The Journal of …, 2015 - Soc Neuroscience
... Membrane potentials and evoked responses were obtained in current-clamp mode using pClamp
10 software acquired at 10 kHz with a Digidata 1322 AD converter and MultiClamp 700B amplifier.
Spontaneous postsynaptic potentials were recorded for 1 min. ...

Alpha-1 adrenoreceptors modulate GABA release onto ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons

MC Velásquez-Martínez, R Vázquez-Torres… - …, 2015 - Elsevier
... differential interference contrast (DIC) optics, (BX51WI Olympus, Japan). Recordings
were acquired through data acquisition software (pClamp 10, Molecular Devices,
Sunnyvale, CA). The VTA was identified as the region lateral ...

Intraneuronal Aβ accumulation induces hippocampal neuron hyperexcitability through A-type K+ current inhibition mediated by activation of caspases and GSK-3

F Scala, S Fusco, C Ripoli, R Piacentini, DDL Puma… - Neurobiology of …, 2015 - Elsevier
... Electrophysiology on primary hippocampal neurons. Recordings were obtained with an Axopatch
200B amplifier (Molecular Devices), and stimulation and data acquisition were performed with
the Digidata 1200 series interface and pCLAMP 10 software (Molecular Devices). ...

Intraneuronal Ab accumulation induces hippocampal neuron hyperexcitability through A-type K þ current inhibition mediated by activation of caspases and GSK …

F Scala, S Fusco, C Ripoli, R Piacentini… - Neurobiology of …, 2015 -
... Electrophysiology on primary hippocampal neurons Recordings were obtained with an Axopatch
200B amplifier (Molecular Devices), and stimulation and data acquisition were per- formed with
the Digidata 1200 series interface and pCLAMP 10 soft- ware (Molecular Devices). ...

 * as of November 13, 2015. Source: Google Scholar.  Search results include "pCLAMP 10" and "pCLAMP Axon Instruments".