Download fv v5.3 Here
fv is built and distributed as a standard
component of the large
HEASOFT package of programs
for manipulating and analyzing FITS data files, but you
can also download the latest
version of the fv binary executable by itself from this page.
Versions of fv are available for various Unix platforms
(including Mac OS X), for
Windows PCs, and for older versions of Mac OS. In each case
the distribution is completely self-contained and includes several sample FITS
files that can be used to explore fv's capabilities.
If you experience problems using the following
FTP links to download this software, click
for instructions on downloading fv using 'HTTP'.
Executable Binary Distributions
Linux / Solaris
Source Code Distribution
Download the tar file appropriate for your platform:
PC Linux (64-bit)
These links will retrieve a gzipped tar file (roughly 3 MB in size).
To unpack the file, type:
> gunzip -c fv53_<ARCH>.tar.gz | tar xf -
where <ARCH> depends on the file downloaded. This will create
a fv5.3 directory containing a platform-specific directory (pre-compiled
binaries and libraries used by fv), associated documentation, sample data,
and sample scripts. Once unpacked, fv can be run immediately; either add
the fv5.3 directory to your executable PATH environment variable, or
`cd' to that directory and then type `./fv'.
NOTE to Users with fv installed as part of the HEASOFT
If you want to replace the fv in your HEASOFT distribution with the newest
version of fv, simply move (or copy) the contents of the untarred
fv5.3/ directory into the $HEADAS/bin/ directory. You may want to move aside
the existing $HEADAS/bin/fv to e.g. $HEADAS/bin/fv_old first since you will
be copying in a new fv executable.
Windows users should download this
executable file (7.3Mb). Once you've downloaded the file, double-click
on it to launch InstallShield, which will guide you through the installation
fv installation will produce two more icons (in addition to the
regular fv icon), Hera and Student Hera, on user's desktop.
Note: During the installation process, if you un-checked the option "Create a desktop icon"
under "Select Additional Tasks" panel, there will be no fv, Hera and Student Hera icons created
on the desktop.
For information to Hera and Student Hera, please visit these pages:
For Hera, please go here
For Student Hera please go here
Mac OS X package then drag it onto
to decompress it (Stuffit Expander may launch and decompress the file
automatically). If the disk image doesn't mount automatically,
double-click on the .dmg file to mount it.
Once the disk image mounts, open it, and drag the fv icon onto your
hard disk. We recommend that you copy it to the Applications folder.
Same as installation for Microsoft Windows, fv installation for Mac OS X, as of
version 5.3 will also create 2 more icons for user to try out HEASARC Hera service. And
it is also recommand that user copies them to the Applications folder to connect to Hera
and Student Hera.
To start Fv double click on the fv icon or type open -a fv
the command line. As with other Mac versions of Fv, the X11 graphical
environment needs to be installed.
Select QUIT (command-Q) from the fv menu if the Quit button on the
Fv interface does not work.
Older versions of Mac OS (before Mac OS X)
Users of previous Mac operating systems (OS-8, OS-9)
should download the older
Fv 3.0 executable here (1.9 Meg). The lastest version of fv is not supported
on the older Mac OS. Decompress the file and run fv. An
included AppleScript can be used to set files' Creator/File types so
that they will be opened by fv when double-clicked. Use the "File
Exchange" control panel to have the ".fits" (and other) filename extension(s)
recognized as being a fv FITS file when moving files to your computer from
PCs or downloading them from the internet. More details can be found in an
included README file.
A source code distribution of fv 5.3 is now available
Users should refer to the standard HEASOFT-INSTALL
document for instructions on how to build HEASOFT source code distributions,
specifically the section titled "STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS".
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