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Run NOMAD parser locally

If you install nomad-lab[parsers], you can use the NOMAD parsers locally on your computer. To use the NOMAD parsers from the command line, you can use the parse CLI command. The parse command will automatically match the right parser to your code output file and run the parser. There are two output formats, --show-metadata (a JSON representation of the basic metadata) and --show-archive (a JSON representation of the full parse results).

nomad parser --show-archive <path-to-your-mainfile-code-output-file>

You can also use the NOMAD parsers within Python, as shown below. This will give you the parse results as metainfo objects to conveniently analyze the results in Python. See metainfo for more details on how to use the metainfo in Python.

import sys
from nomad.client import parse, normalize_all

# match and run the parser
archive = parse(sys.argv[1])
# run all normalizers

# get the 'main section' section_run as a metainfo object
section_run =[0]

# get the same data as JSON serializable Python dict
python_dict = section_run.m_to_dict()

You can also clone a parser project to debug or fix a parser:

git clone
cd nomad-parser-vasp
git checkout metainfo-refactor
python -m nomad.cli nomad parser --show-archive <path-to-your-vasp-file>

Our parsers are hosted in github. They are in the nomad-coe organization. They are typically named nomad-parser-<code-name>. The parser version that fits the NOMAD v1 metainfo schema is typically in the metainfo-refactor branch. Run the CLI with python -m nomad.cli to automatically include the current working directory in the Python path. This will use the cloned parser code over the installed parser code.