The following software is supported by the HEASARC. Most of this software
is designed for professional researchers and advanced students for the
analysis of scientific astronomical observations in
FITS format. The 'fv' program is also
suitable for more general use by
amateurs and educators for viewing astronomical image files. These
software packages are to be downloaded to the users machine. Web-based
tools are available on our tools
HEASARC Software Packages
FITSIO - A subroutine library for reading and writing
files for C and Fortran programmers.
FTOOLS - General
FITS file utility programs and mission-specific data analysis
FV - Interactive editor and viewer for astronomical
data files in FITS format.
Also provides access to Hera.
HEAsoft - A unified release of the FTOOLS and XANADU
Hera - Run the FTOOLS and XANADU software on the
Hera servers at the HEASARC, without having to install the
software packages locally.
Maki - Displays fields of view for various instruments on
FITS images. Currently supports the Suzaku XIS & HXD, Chandra
ACIS & HRC, XMM EPIC, and RXTE PCA detectors.
PIMMS - Program to estimate count rates from fluxes or
vice versa, or to estimate count rates in one instrument from those
measured in another.
Profit - GUI tool for visualizing and modeling
SAOImage DS9 - Astronomical Imaging and Data Visualization
Application: DS9 supports FITS images and binary tables, multiple
frame buffers, region manipulation, and many scale algorithms and
SkyView-In-A-Jar - Running SkyView
on your own computer.
XANADU - Suite of spectral (xspec), timing (xronos),
and image (ximage)
XSELECT - Multipurpose tool for filtering event files
and generating images, spectra, and light curves. Distributed as
part of the HEASARC package on the
XSTAR - Program for calculating physical conditions and
emission spectra in photoionized gases.
ASTRO-Update - Latest
Versions of Useful Multi-mission Software
FITS - Data Formats, Standards
and HEASARC Conventions for High-Energy Astrophysics Data
LAMBDA Toolbox -
Useful Software and Web Tools for Cosmic Microwave Backround and
New version of Astro-Upate Available (17 Feb 2017)
A new version of Astro-Update is now available. The software checks now are done using a python module which determines the software version and modification dates directly from the host page, ensuring that Astro-Update is kept up-to-date. In particular, see the new versions of Xamin, CASA, Tempo2 and the VLT pipeline software ...
Swift CALDB updated (01 Feb 2017)
The Swift Caldb has been updated for the UVOTA (update version 20170130)...
HEASoft 6.20 Released (19 Jan 2017)
Released January 19, 2017. This release is primarily driven by updates to XSPEC, NuSTARDAS, XRTDAS, and the Hitomi software, but also includes updates to other packages which have been revised to mirror the current development versions in use at the HEASARC....
XSPEC 12.9.1 Released (19 Jan 2017)
Released January 19, 2017, with the release of HEASoft 6.20. Many models updated, speed increases, other enhancements.
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