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ATNF Pulsar Catalogue: Download

Click on the link below to download a gzipped tar file of the latest psrcat source code and public catalogue (V1.56):



Linux or Mac OSX

On Linux or Mac OSX machines unpack the source code using

> gunzip psrcat_pkg.tar.gz
> tar -xvf psrcat_pkg.tar

this will create a directory called psrcat_tar and place the source code inside. To compile and link the software:

> cd psrcat_tar
> source makeit

Test that everything is working correctly by typing

> psrcat -db_file psrcat.db -c "name p0 dm" 0437-4715

which should output

#     NAME                   P0                                     DM                           
                             (s)                                    (cm^-3 pc)                
1     J0437-4715  jlh+93     0.005757451936712637    17  rhc+16     2.64476        7  vbv+08     
It is useful to define an environment variable called PSRCAT_FILE that points to the public catalogue.

> setenv PSRCAT_FILE mydir/psrcat/psrcat.db

A readme file is provided with the distribution that contains further useful information.

Copyright and Referencing

PSRCAT is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. PSRCAT is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

PSRCAT makes use of "evaluateExpression: A Simple Expression Evaluator". Copyright (c) 1996 - 1999 Parsifal Software, All Rights Reserved.

The programs and databases remain the property of the Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, and are covered by the CSIRO Legal Notice and Disclaimer linked at the bottom of this page.

If you make use of information from the ATNF Pulsar Catalogue in a publication, we would appreciate acknowledgement by reference to the publication "The ATNF Pulsar Catalogue", R. N. Manchester, G. B. Hobbs, A. Teoh & M. Hobbs, Astronomical Journal, 129, 1993-2006 (2005) and by quoting the web address for updated versions.