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FIPS — OpenGL based FITS image viewer

FIPS is a cross-platform FITS viewer with responsive user interface. Unlike other FITS viewers FIPS uses GPU hardware via OpenGL to provide usual functionality such as zooming, panning and level adjustments. OpenGL 2.1 and later is supported.

FIPS supports all 2D image formats (except for floating point formats on OpenGL 2.1). FITS image extension has basic limited support.


Build requirements


Installing from package manager

openSUSE Leap 15.1 (and later) and openSUSE Tumbleweed

zypper in fips

openSUSE (other versions)

zypper ar -f obs://science fips
zypper in fips


FlatPak is cross-distribution Linux desktop package manager with isolation.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub space.fips.Fips
flatpak run space.fips.Fips


Download release package or install using Homebrew Caskroom:

brew cask install fips


Download release package.

If you haven’t found your distro above then you can build from sources or contribute building packages for your favourite distro. Let us know to insert missing instructions.

Building from sources

git clone https://github.com/matwey/fips3
mkdir -p fips3/build
cd fips3/build
cmake ..

For Windows (make sure you have cmake in your PATH, then run in PowerShell):

$Platform = 'x64' # or 'x86'
$QtDir = 'E:\Libs\Qt\5.9.1\msvc2017_64' # make sure the path and platform is right
$Generator = 'Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64' # drop ' Win64' to build x86 version
$Configuration = 'Release' # or Debug

$env:PLATFORM = $Platform
$env:QTDIR = $QtDir

$env:PATH = "$QtDir\bin;$env:PATH"
cmake -G"$Generator" . -DFIPS_CONFIGURATION="$Configuration"
cmake --build . --config $Configuration --target PACKAGE



If you have benefited from using Fips in your research, please find an opportunity to cite paper Kornilov & Malanchev (2019):

   author = {Matwey {Kornilov} and Kosntantin {Malanchev}},
    title = "{Fips: An OpenGL based FITS viewer}",
  journal = {Astronomy and Computing},
archivePrefix = "arXiv",
   eprint = {1901.10189},
 primaryClass = "astro-ph.IM",
 keywords = {Techniques, Image processing, Image-based rendering, Graphical user interfaces},
     year = 2019,
    month = jan,
   volume = 26,
      eid = {61},
    pages = {61},
      doi = {10.1016/j.ascom.2019.01.001},
   adsurl = {http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019A%26C....26...61K}