Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) is a freely available dictionary of molecular entities focused on ‘small’ chemical compounds.

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User Manual Learn more about the data fields in the ChEBI and data sources for ChEBI. If you are unable to access the online Google document, please use the FTP link to view our manuals.

Train Online Tutorial An online quick tour (0.5 h) and a more detailed tour (1 h) covering much of the material in the User Manual can be found on the EBI Train Online site here.

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SDF files ChEBI provides its chemical structures and additional data in structure-data file (SDF) format.

Ontology files ChEBI ontology is provided in the W3C standard Web Ontology Language (OWL) and OBO formats.

Database files ChEBI is stored in a relational database and we currently provide the ChEBI tables in flat-file tab delimited format, as an Oracle binary dumps and a generic SQL dumps for MySQL and PostgreSQL database.



Entity of the month

1st May 2018
Valproic acid

Valproic acid (CHEBI:39867, also known as VPA, dipropylacetic acid, DPA, 2-propylvaleric acid, or 2-propylpentanoic acid) was first synthesised as an analogue of the valerian metabolite valeric acid (pentanoic acid) in 1881 [1]. A high-boiling (220 °C), colourless liquid that is very soluble in organic solvents but almost insoluble in water, it became widely used as a solvent for organic chemicals. However, its remarkable anticonvulsant (antiepileptic) properties only came to light by chance some 80 years after it was first synthesised.

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