Asterix is utility used to read and parse EUROCONTROL ASTERIX protocol data from stdin, file or network multicast stream and print it to standard output in text, XML or JSON format. Source can be used to generate Wireshark dissector for ASTERIX protocol. All ASTERIX categories are defined through XML definition file.
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Asterix is Python module and standalone application used for reading and parsing of EUROCONTROL ASTERIX protocol data from stdin, file or network multicast stream.

ASTERIX stands for All Purpose STructured EUROCONTROL SuRveillance Information EXchange. It is an ATM Surveillance Data Binary Messaging Format which allows transmission of harmonised information between any surveillance and automation system. ASTERIX defines the structure of the data to be exchanged over a communication medium, from the encoding of every bit of information up to the organisation of the data within a block of data - without any loss of information during the whole process. More about ASTERIX protocol you can find here:

Asterix application was developed by Croatia Control Ltd.

This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. See COPYING file for details.

It can be installed in Linux or MAC iOS environments. Windows is supported only if you use configure cygwin tools (make and gcc) for compilation.

To install python module run:

pip install asterix_decoder

Then include it in python as:

import asterix

To install executable (c/c++) version run:

cd asterix/src
make install 

Then run it from asterix/install folder:


For more information about the tool or Asterix protocol feel free to contact the author: