Open-source scientific instrument control software
NICOS (pronunciation: /ˈniːkɒs/) is a network-based control system written for neutron scattering instruments, originally at the MLZ. Its main goals are flexibility, ease of use and maintenance, and reusability.
NICOS allows remote control of scientific instruments via both interactive interfaces (GUI, command line) and a scripting system. The NICOS user scripts are written in Python with some minor restrictions. This choice allows for very flexible scripts for complex problems and easy interactive use at the same time.
NICOS is an open-source project developed by an international collaboration.
Multi-platform with clients available on Windows, macOS and Linux.
Written in Python, with a Qt graphical user interface.
NICOS is present and has a developer community at