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In Greek mythology, Morpheus (Morphée in French) is the ancient greek god who used to manipulate the shapes appearing in the dreams of
human beings. Morphee is the core of our mathematical morphology platform. The name "Morph-M" reminds this relationship and can be read as the abbreviation of Morpheus musagète [1].


Morph-M has fostered several projects, from simple development aid tools up to turnkey applications, through numerous libraries and modules. Morph-M extensions, which have their own wiki, are also listed on this portal. See the Addons, Motion, Graphs and Software projects notably .

1 The attribute is traditionally given to Apollo, but our Morpheus can also very well claim to be " driver of muses ", given that he allows his users to innovate and even to go beyond the domain of the dreams .


Morph-M is the result of the work of several researchers at the Centre for Mathematical Morphology. Morph-M provides a rich environment for the development of image processing algorithms. Most of current research projects at the CMM are based on Morph-M.

The main component of Morph-M is an image processing library implemented on C++, following the principles of generic programming. This library contains most of the operators offered by mathematical morphology, from basic operations, such as dilations and erosions, up to the most powerful operators, such as the hierarchical watershed. These functions are implemented with efficient algorithms, as those based on the hierarchical lines. The library also contains more classical functions of image processing.

Morph-M can be used through a Python interface. This allows for fast application prototyping, as well as for simple combination with other packages available through Python like, for example, VTK


  • Portability : Morph-M can be used on different 32 or 64 bits platforms : Windows, Linux and Mac.
  • Genericity : Morph-M offers a large choice regarding the image type and the structuring element.
  • Robustness : Nightly regression tests assure the correct functioning of each procedure.

Morph-M represents a reference in mathematical morphology. Indeed, Morph-M algorithms are written in accordance with the theory and are scrupulously tested

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The CMM recognizes the importance of mutually beneficial partnerships. Morph-M is used by partners of the CMM, such as:

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At the moment, Python interface is the only supported interface for the Morph-M Library.

Please, read the terms of the licence agreement, then you can complete and print the order form , and send it to the following address:

École des Mines de Paris
Centre de Morphologie Mathématique

35, rue Saint-Honoré
77305 Fontainebleau Cedex

Or fax it to : +331 64 69 47 07.

bq. By sending the order form, the buying company déclares to have read the licence agreement for using MORPH-M-PYTHON's software . The order form signature includes the acceptance by the company of the terms of the Licence Agreement for using MORPH-M-PYTHON's Software.

bq. If you need a developer licence, contact us at this following adress:


Centre de morphologie mathematique
Centre de robotique
Ecole des Mines de Paris