SeisComP is a seismological software for data acquisition, processing, distribution and interactive analysis.
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This software has been developed by the GEOFON Program at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and gempa GmbH.

SeisComP3 is distributed under the SeisComP Public License


  • The purpose of this repository is to test upcoming features and to integrate community source code and patches
  • For production systems only use the official releases from or the corresponding tags in this repository.
  • Commercial modules obtained from gempa GmbH are only available for official releases. Binary compatibility of intermediate SeisComP3 versions is not guaranteed.


The easiest way to compile SeisComP3 is to use the provided Makefile.cvs which creates the build directory inside the source tree.

$ make -f Makefile.cvs
$ cd build
$ make
$ make install

By default all files are installed under $HOME/seiscomp3. This location can be changed with cmake or with its frontend ccmake.

Basically the build directory can live anywhere. The following steps create a build directory, configure the build and start it:

$ mkdir sc3-build
$ cd sc3-build
$ ccmake /path/to/sc3-src
# Configure with ccmake
$ make
$ make install

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Checkout SeisComP3 source code from Github

    sysop@host:~$ git clone sc3-src
    sysop@host:~$ cd sc3-src
  2. Change into the desired branch (if not master) or checkout tag

    sysop@host:~/sc3-src$ git checkout release/jakarta/2017.124.02
  3. Configure the build

    SeisComP3 is using cmake as build environment. For users that are not experienced with cmake it is recommended to use ccmake, an ncurses frontend which is launched by the default Makefile.cvs.

    sysop@host:~/sc3-src$ make -f Makefile.cvs

    This will bring up the cmake frontend. Press c to configure the build initially. If cmake is being used, the variables can be passed as command line options:

    sysop@host:~/sc3-src/build$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/install/dir ..

    With ccmake some components can be activated and deactivated such as database backends you want to compile support for. The default just enables MySQL. Once done with options, press c again to apply the changes. If everything runs without errors, press g to generate the Makefiles. ccmake will quit if the Makefiles have been generated:

    *** To build the sources change into the 'build' directory and enter make[ install] ***
    sysop@host:~/sc3-src$ cd build
    sysop@host:~/sc3-src/build$ make

    If make finished without errors, install SeisComp3 with

    sysop@host:~/sc3-src/build$ make install

    All files are then installed under ~/seiscomp3 or under the directory you have specified with CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX.


To compile the sources the following development packages are required (Redhat/CentOS package names):

  • flex
  • libxml2-devel
  • boost-devel
  • openssl-devel
  • ncurses-devel
  • mysql-devel
  • postgresql-devel (optional)
  • python-devel
  • m2crypto-devel
  • qt4-devel