gro file format

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Files with the gro file extension contain a molecular structure in Gromos87 format. gro files can be used as trajectory by simply concatenating files. An attempt will be made to read a time value from the title string in each frame, which should be preceded by 't=', as in the sample below.

A sample piece is included below:

MD of 2 waters, t= 0.0
    1WATER  OW1    1   0.126   1.624   1.679  0.1227 -0.0580  0.0434
    1WATER  HW2    2   0.190   1.661   1.747  0.8085  0.3191 -0.7791
    1WATER  HW3    3   0.177   1.568   1.613 -0.9045 -2.6469  1.3180
    2WATER  OW1    4   1.275   0.053   0.622  0.2519  0.3140 -0.1734
    2WATER  HW2    5   1.337   0.002   0.680 -1.0641 -1.1349  0.0257
    2WATER  HW3    6   1.326   0.120   0.568  1.9427 -0.8216 -0.0244
   1.82060   1.82060   1.82060
Lines contain the following information (top to bottom): This format is fixed, ie. all columns are in a fixed position. Optionally (for now only yet with trjconv) you can write gro files with any number of decimal places, the format will then be n+5 positions with n decimal places (n+1 for velocities) in stead of 8 with 3 (with 4 for velocities). Upon reading, the precision will be inferred from the distance between the decimal points (which will be n+5). Columns contain the following information (from left to right): Note that separate molecules or ions (e.g. water or Cl-) are regarded as residues. If you want to write such a file in your own program without using the GROMACS libraries you can use the following formats:
C format
Fortran format
Pascal format
This is left as an exercise for the user
Note that this is the format for writing, as in the above example fields may be written without spaces, and therefore can not be read with the same format statement in C.