HEASARC Software

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 page.

HEASARC Software Packages

  • FITSIO - A subroutine library for reading and writing FITS files for C and Fortran programmers.
  • FTOOLS - General FITS file utility programs and mission-specific data analysis tools.
  • 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 packages.
  • 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 high-resolution spectra.
  • 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 colormaps.
  • SkyView-In-A-Jar - Running SkyView on your own computer.
  • XANADU - Suite of spectral (xspec), timing (xronos), and image (ximage) analysis programs.
  • XSELECT - Multipurpose tool for filtering event files and generating images, spectra, and light curves. Distributed as part of the HEASARC package on the download page.
  • 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 General Astronomy

  • Mission-Specific Software

    ASCA | BeppoSAX | CGRO | Chandra | EUVE | EXOSAT | Fermi | HEAO-1 | INTEGRAL | NuSTAR | OSO-8 | ROSAT | RXTE | Suzaku | Swift | XMM-Newton

    Latest News

  • HEASoft 6.19 Released (12 May 2016)
    Released May 11, 2016. This release is primarily driven by updates to the NuSTAR software and the release of NuSTARDAS v1.6.0, and the first public release of analysis software for the Hitomi mission, but also includes updates to other packages...
  • NuSTAR CALDB Update (12 May 2016)
    The NuSTAR CALibration DataBase was updated on May 12, 2016 (CALDB version 20160502, corresponding to the internal NuSTAR project release 20160315). This is a patch release, and includes a new CALDB file nuCchu123range20100101v001.fits, which defines how the CHU combinations are split using the nusplitsc FTOOL.
  • Hitomi CALDB Data Released (12 May 2016)
    The Hitomi CALDB has been released for the HXI (version 0160422), the SXI (version 20160510), the SGD (version 20160310), Generic Mission (Gen) data (version 20160422) and the SXS (version 20160510)...
  • Swift CALDB Data updated (09 May 2016)
    A new Swift clock correction file has been added to the Swift SC Caldb (update version 20160504) ...
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