Scisoft 8 - An Astronomical Software Collection - now for Fedora 20

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Scisoft is a project within ESO to provide a collection of astronomical software utilities in a uniform way at all ESO sites and to make them available to the outside world. The current version, Scisoft 8, December 2014, is only available for 64-bit Fedora 20 Linux. The previous major release, Scisoft v7.7, was for Fedora Core 11, Scisoft v6 was available for Fedora 3, and earlier versions are also available for Solaris 8, Linux Redhat 6.2 and HP-UX 11.

In the past there was a version of Scisoft for the Mac, but this is no longer available.

Scisoft 8

Scisoft 8 (64-bit) for Linux is now available for download (ESO ftp only at present).

Scisoft 8 was built on Fedora Core 20 and depends on Fedora specific packages. It is possible to install Scisoft on Scientific Linux, see this page for more details. If you managed to install an run Scisoft on an other Linux distribution please contact us and we will update this page.

Please report any problems to scihelp(AT)

Installation instructions, Release Notes, FAQ and a List of Contents should be consulted for further information.

If you installed earlier versions of Scisoft from the Yum repository please remove them all before upgrading to Scisoft 8 .


Older versions of the Scisoft collection are available in the following ways:

Note that only requests from China or India, to be delivered in the respective countries, are accepted by the mirror sites. We would like to thank Chenzhou Cui of the National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for his help and enthusiasm for the Chinese mirror and similarly Ajit Kembhavi and Deoyani Nandrekar for setting up the Indian mirror. Randy Thompson and Rick White proposed and set up the US mirror at STScI. In addition Lars Christensen helped with copying the DVDs and setting up the web shop. If none of these options will be possible for you please send email to scihelp(AT)

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