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Fingerprint Minutiae Viewer (FpMV)       

Current Release:
FpMV : Release BETA 2.0


The Fingerprint Minutiae Viewer (FpMV) distribution is developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  The goal of this software is to provide researchers a tool to view a fingerprint image with minutiae points overlaid on top of the fingerprint. The minutiae detection is based on "mindtct" application from the NIST Biometric Image Software (NBIS).  This software is written using C#.


  • Displays minutiae on a fingerprint image.
  • Image support: *.bmp, *.gif, *.jpg, *.png, *.tif and *.wsq.
  • Supports Drag and Drop feature to load an image.
  • Supports zoom in, zoom out and panning on an image.
  • Displays the dimension of an image.
  • Displays the total minutiae detected by "mindtct".
  • Displays the minutiae based on user selected quality value.
  • Supports opacity feature that allows user to adjust the transparency of an image.
  • Supports opacity feature that allows user to adjust the transparency of fingerprint minutiae point(s)
  • Supports minutiae representation on both IAFIS and INICTS 378 format (M1).     


Some screenshots of the FpMV in action with fingerpring image. Click on the thumbnails for a detail image.


Successful loading of a fingerprint image. 



(797 x 836 PNG, ~324KB)

Display minutiae based on minutiae quality value


(797 x 836 PNG, ~307 KB)

Zoom in


(797 x 836 PNG, ~115 KB)

Zoom out


(797 x 836 PNG, ~94 KB)



(797 x 836 PNG, ~227 KB)

Opacity of a fingerprint Image


(797 x 836 PNG, ~264 KB)

Opacity of minutiae points


(797 x 836 PNG, ~323 KB)



Thank you for your interest in using the FpMV software. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide individual support for this software, but do welcome comments for improvement. 


This software was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) by employees of the Federal Government in the course of their official duties. Pursuant to Title17 Section 105 of the United States Code, this software is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain. NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for use by other parties of its source code or open source server, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic.  


Specific hardware and software products identified in this open source project were used in order to perform technology transfer and collaboration. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, nor does it imply that the products and equipment identified are necessarily the best available for the purpose. 

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