MinIdent – The Mineral Identification Domain Expert

MinIdent is a mineral identification software and data base used in mineralogy. The original Command-line interface (CLI) program was written in FORTRAN and ran on a mainframe computer. It was later ported to a PC. The current version of the MinIdent-Win software has a graphical user interface (GUI) and is available at

MinIdent represents information about minerals in a statistical manner and identifies unknown minerals with a fuzzy-like matching system. Even without a set of mineral samples, MinIdent can construct statistics based on understanding the chemical formula of a mineral.

GemIdent is a derivative of MinIdent.

People: MinIdent was initially developed between 1981 and 1987 by David Pierre Leibovitz and Dorian G. W. Smith.

Related Publications:

Smith, D. G. W. (2003). Member in the News: Dorian Smith and MinIdent. Newsletter of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, 69(April), 19–20.

Smith, D. G. W., Omoumi, H., & Leibovitz, D. P. (1989) The MinIdent database: some recent development. 28th International Geological Congress. Abstracts 3: 138-139

Smith, D. G. W., & Leibovitz, D .P. (1986) MinIdent User’s Manual. A FORTRAN 77 program for mineral identification. Computing Services, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Smith, D. G. W., & Leibovitz, D. P. (1986) MinIdent: A data base for minerals and a computer program for their identification. Canadian Mineralogist. 24(4): 695-708.

Smith, D. G. W., & Leibovitz, D. P. (1984) A computer-based system for identification of minerals on the basis of composition and other properties. 27th International Geological Congress. Extended Abstract, 5: 169.

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