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This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts about tools developed by members of the community. Ian Munro of Imperial writes:

Over the course of adding OMERO capabilities to a number of pre-existing software tools, I felt that there was a need for a lightweight graphical tool that would make it possible to easily add the capability of allowing users to select images from OMERO, to desktop tools.

What I needed was an OMERO equivalent of JFileChooser or Matlab’s uigetfile or Qt’s QFilelDialog.

OMEROImageChooser is the result.

It is a graphical tool which allows a variety of OMERO objects (Images, Datasets, Plates, Attachments) to be selected with a look and feel modelled on OMERO.insight. It can easily be called from Java or Matlab code and is presented as a quick and relatively easy path to either developing a new OMERO desktop client or adding an OMERO interface to existing code.

The source is available from

A ready-to-use .jar file compatible with OMERO 5.2.x can be also downloaded from

For instructions on how to integrate with Maven/Gradle, refer to the Bintray user documentation.

There are a number of options available, depending what feedback is needed from the user. The screenshots below illustrate some of these.

  1. Selecting one or more images: selecting images in the UI

  2. Selecting an image or attachment: selecting images or attachments in the UI

  3. Selecting a plate: selecting a plate in the UI

  4. Selecting a Dataset and file name for importing files to OMERO - e.g for use from acquisition tools: selecting a dataset in the UI