The Cube Analysis and Rendering Tool for Astronomy

The CARTA Team

CARTA is now being developed by a team consisting of the members from Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), University of Alberta, and Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA).


CARTA is the Cube Analysis and Rendering Tool for Astronomy, a new visualization tool designed for the ALMA, the JVLA, and the radio telescopes of the future such as the SKA.

CARTA provides three different ways of using the program. Most users will use the Desktop version of CARTA, which operates as a stand-alone application. Archives can install the Server version of CARTA that allows users to visualize data within the archive without downloading it (not open for now). Finally, CARTA provides a Scripted interface that allows the application to be controlled from Python (under implementation).

Download and Installation

CARTA (version 0.9):

Mac Installation Instructions: Open the dmg file and move the to /Applications folder. CARTA can be installed in any other path other than /Applications. To run CARTA, please double-click the icon.

Linux Installation Instructions: For the tgz file, it will expand into a directory tree structure. To run CARTA, please execute the shell script:
e.g., CARTA-0.9r-el6-el7/bin/
For the Linux AppImage, simply make it executable and execute it.
Note: For the Ubuntu version, two additional packages need to be installed; libgfortran3 and libblas3:
sudo apt-get install libgfortran3 libblas3

Encountering problems? File an issue on the CARTA repository or contact us.

Contribute to CARTA

We are developing the open-source project CARTA on GitHub.


(Before 2016/08) We are grateful for the support of several sponsoring organizations: CARTA was developed through the ALMA Development Program administered by NRAO with key contributions from CANARIE.

Remote visualization (the Server version) relies on the PureWeb technology developed by Calgary Scientific.

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