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MissFITS is a program that performs basic maintenance and packaging tasks on FITS files using an optimised FITS library. MissFITS can:

  • add/edit/remove FITS header keywords
  • split/join Multi-Extension-FITS (MEF) files
  • unpile/pile FITS data-cubes
  • create/check/update FITS checksums, using R. Seaman’s protocol.
Authors: Chiara Marmo & Emmanuel Bertin

What’s new?

Download the latest stable version (V2.8.0)

Both the autoconfigurable source archive and Linux RPM packages are available below. The RPM versions have been optimized to provide the best possible performance on Linux PCs.





Click here to generate a source package of the latest development version (unstable, may not even compile!). Older stable package versions can be found here.


The MissFITS documentation is complete and reasonably up-to-date.

MissFITS User's Manual

User’s Manual

Acknowledging MissFITS

Marmo, C. & Bertin, E. 2008: MissFITS and WeightWatcher: two optimised tools for managing FITS data, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 394, 2008 J. Lewis, R. Argyle, P. Bunclarck, D. Evans, and E. Gonzales-Solares, eds., p. 619 [PDF] [BibTeX entry].

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