[Zinc-fans] ZINC search results

John Irwin jir322 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 08:59:22 PDT 2012

Hi Doug

Thanks for your question about ZINC.  It will be a lot faster if you
download SMILES and do

wc -l on the file.  Should be a few seconds in most cases.

We truncate at 5000 or 10000, depending on who you are, so this only works
for modest size result sets.

A future version of ZINC will be better at getting google-like estimates or
even precise numbers of hits. For now, for performance reasons, we must
limit the results of searches to 5000 or 10000.


On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:10 AM, Douglas Houston <
dhouston at staffmail.ed.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> Can someone please let me know if there's a way to tell how many hits
> a structure search has returned on the results web page? All I can see
> is the page number I'm on and how many compounds there are per page -
> not how many pages or compounds there are in total.
> At the moment I'm having to download the results to a file just so I
> can count them (which is taking an age - 3kB/s download speed).
> cheers,
> Doug
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