Introduction to ‘Processing’

Processing (programming language) was originally created for use by those not familiar with computer programming. Processing offers a medium to utilize computing power to help translate ideas into tangible outputs.

PhyLink’s Graphical User Interface (GUI) and measurement analysis software were created with Processing so users can modify/enhance the functionality of open source code if they desirable..
Processing works on several platforms including: Windows (64-bit and 32-bit), macOS, Ubuntu Linux (64-bit) and Android.
Click here for additional background information on Processing (optional)


Installation of Processing IDE
Visit Google and type “processing ide” see below:
Click on the result as shown below to visit the download page of the IDE

Then choose the latest version for your computer/device. For this example, we choose the Windows 64-bit version, see below:

Choose the folder to save the file, see example below:


If you don’t already have a program to UNZIP files on your computer/device click here for guide to install 7zip.


When the file is downloaded right-click on it, select “7zip” (or your own unzip program) and then click on “Extract Here” see example below:

The Processing IDE has been installed. In order to open the IDE select the folder that you have just unzipped and inside double-click the “processing.exe” file, see example below:




PhyLink Processing source code
PhyLink Processing source code can be downloaded here or GitHub


Java (background information)
Please note, it is no longer necessary to install Java to use Processing. Across all platforms, Processing uses its own copy of Java that’s embedded inside the application.

Which development platform

Windows 10 is generally considered the the best platform for running Java applications.