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GIFTI is an XML-based format that stores surface data for (f)MRI (for more information, please see The following conversions are possible (notice the different naming conventions):

  • Brainvoyager Surfaces file (*.srf)  ↔ GIFTI Surface file (*.surf.gii)
    Brainvoyager Mesh time course (*.mtc) ↔ GIFTI time series (*.time.gii)
    Brainvoyager Statistical output map (*.smp) ↔ GIFTI functional output (*.func.gii)
    BrainVoyager surface file (*.srf)  ↔ GIFTI surface file (*.surf.gii)
  • BrainVoyager mesh time course (*.mtc) ↔ GIFTI time series (*.time.gii)
  • BrainVoyager statistical output map (*.smp) ↔ GIFTI functional output (*.func.gii)
  • BrainVoyager surface file (*.srf) colors ↔ GIFTI Color Label Table (*.label.gii) (v1.3)

Help is included in the plugin's zip files. If placed in the 'BVExtensions/Plugins_x/' folder, the help will be accessible via the BrainVoyager Plugins menu > Description > GIFTI > link to help.


GIFTIConverter v1.6: for BrainVoyager 20 on Windows 64-bit.

Converter v1.4 including export and import of POIs (GIFTI label files) for BrainVoyager QX 2.3 and higher: Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Mac OS X.


The built-in HTML manual can be found in via a link in the "Description Of Plugins" option of the "Plugins" menu in BrainVoyager or in /Documents/BVExtensions/Plugins_64/GIFTIconverterHelp/. For a quick look at the documentation, the manual for v1.5 can be downloaded here.

Version history:

Converter v1.3 was updated with color import and export. Compilation for Linux Ubuntu.
Figure: GIFTI surface in Brainvoyager and Caret


For conversion of volumetric data, see the NIfTI conversion plugin page.

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