QISKit OPENQASM contains specifications, examples, documentation, and tools for the OPENQASM intermediate representation.

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The IBM Quantum Experience offers hands-on access through a human user interface to IBM’s experimental cloud-enabled quantum computing platform. The interface allows users to run algorithms and experiments, work with quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing.

The new open source QISKit project lets developers programmatically tap into the limitless possibilities of quantum computing. It enables developers and researchers to conduct explorations using Python scripts. Additionally, they can batch requests together for quantum computer interactions.


The QISKit open source project enables researchers and developers to programmatically interact with IBM’s quantum computing hardware. OPENQASM, or “Quantum Assembly Language,” is a simple text representation that describes generic quantum circuits.

QISKit OPENQASM contains specifications, examples, and tools for the OPENQASM intermediate representation. You’ll find PDF documentation related to OPENQASM, including sources to generate it, as well as several useful examples.

Additional QISKit project components

In addition to this component, see the following QISKit project content on developerWorks Open:

  • QISKit project overview: Get additional details on QISKit and quantum computing at IBM
  • QISKit API: A thin Python wrapper around the Quantum Experience HTTP API that enables you to connect and and execute OPENQASM code.
  • QISKit SDK: Provides support for the Quantum Experience circuit generation phase and lets you use the QISKit API to access the Quantum Experience hardware and simulators. The SDK also includes example scripts written for Jupyter Notebooks.

Explore quantum computing at IBM

Learn more about quantum computing at IBM with the following links:

QISKit blog posts

Quantum computing gets an API and SDK

Our quantum API and SDK are important for programmability and will enable quantum researchers and algorithm developers to more easily conduct experiments on our hardware… Continue reading

Towards programming a quantum computer in the cloud

Users will now be able to run batches of operations using scripting languages like Python, and hence string together higher-level calculations of their returned results from the cloud-hosted IBM quantum processor… Continue reading

Paving the path toward universal quantum computing

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