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Reference Spectral Library mzVault Addition

This page highlights how you can export from a Thermo mzVault spectral library and import it into GNPS

Exporting mzVault libraries to the .msp format for import into GNPS

Versions and compatibilities

mzVault 2.3 (Thermo Fisher Scientific), compatible with TraceFinder 5.0/5.1+ and Compound Discoverer 3.0/3.2+ (March 2021)

Exporting libraries in mzVault to the .msp format

  • Go to the ‘Browse’ tab and click ‘Open’.
  • Select the correct .db file (.db is the default format of spectral libraries built in mzVault)


  • Go to the ‘Build’ tab and click ‘Export’.


  • Export to the .msp format

Inspect the .msp file in a text editor program (e.g Notepad++, TextEdit, BBEdit)

MS:1009003|Name = TYRAMINE
MS:1009001|Spectrum index = 1
MS:1000894|RetentionTime = 2,04000
MS:1000864|Formula = C8H11NO
MS:1009100|CASNo = 51-67-2
MS:1000868|Smiles = NCCC1=CC=C(O)C=C1
MS:1009101|CompoundClass = 5610
MS:1000744|Selected Ion m/z = 138,09134
MS:1000045|Collision_energy = 20.0
Precursor_type = M+H
MS:1000073|Electrosprary ionization
MS:1000130|Positive scan
MS:1009006|number of peaks = 183
50,1005 71,18
50,2260 52,07
NOTE: that you cannot choose which fields are exported. If you wish you can add information of your choice to the predefined fields. E.g. here we added information on ‘Adduct’ and ‘PubChemID’ to the ‘Precursor_type’ and ‘CompoundClass’ fields respectively. During inspection of the .msp file in a text editor program, you can manually replace the field names to ensure clarity in the final .msp file.

Edit libraries through SQLite Studio

  • If you wish you can edit your .msp library in SQLite Studio (free, open-source software, downloadable here) and:
    • Export compound or spectra tables in various formats
    • Copy a table into a spreadsheet
    • Paste lists of values into the database
    • Access hidden fields such as ‘percursor type’ in the spectra table (useful since it’s exported in the .msp files).
  • You need to click the green ‘Commit’ button to commit and validate your changes, which will then be visible in mzVault when you open the file again.

Page Contributors

Anna Abrahamsson, Julie Courraud, Madeleine Ernst

Last update: April 15, 2021 17:03:52