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Radar Software Toolkit

The Radar Software Toolkit (RST) is maintained by the SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group (DAWG). For general information and updates from the DAWG, visit our website at


RST's documentation is currently hosted on two sites:


Installation guide for:

Citing SuperDARN Data

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) consists of more than 30 radars operated by institutions in 10 different countries. The following review papers are recommended for general information about the network's scientific achievements, and for citing SuperDARN in publications:

Greenwald, R.A., Baker, K.B., Dudeney, J.R. et al. Space Sci Rev (1995) 71: 761. doi:10.1007/BF00751350

Chisham, G., Lester, M., Milan, S.E. et al. A decade of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN): scientific achievements, new techniques and future directions. Surv Geophys 28, 33–109 (2007) doi:10.1007/s10712-007-9017-8

Nishitani, N., Ruohoniemi, J.M., Lester, M. et al. Review of the accomplishments of mid-latitude Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) HF radars. Prog Earth Planet Sci 6, 27 (2019) doi:10.1186/s40645-019-0270-5

During your study, if using data from individual radars only, please contact the Principal Investigator (PI) of that radar about potential co-authorship. A list of radars, institutions, and their PI's information can be found here

For more information please read citing SuperDARN data

Contribute to RST

The DAWG welcomes new testers and developers to join the team. Here are some ways to contribute:

  • Test pull requests: to determine which pull requests need to be tested right away, filter them by their milestones
  • Get involved in projects: the projects page is used to organize our priority areas. Each project board shows items which are in progress, ready for testing/review, and completed.
  • Discuss issues and answer questions
  • Become a developer: if you would like to contribute code to RST, please contact us at darn-dawg at isee dot nagoya-u dot ac dot jp or submit a new issue on Github.

Historical Version Log

  • 3.3 - Final bug fixes and updates of the 3.x series (Aug 2011)
  • 3.2 - First release with DLM support (Nov 2010)
  • 3.1 - First release of ROS 3 (Jun 2010)
  • 2.11 - added support for I&Q sample analysis (Mar 2008)
  • 2.10 - bug fixes to the fitacfex library and rnk hardware.dat (May 2007)
  • 2.09 - fixed known errors in the documentation - gold release (Mar 2007)
  • 2.08 - further bug fixes, fitacfex and documentation system included. (Mar 2007)
  • 2.07 - introduced fitacf version 2.0 and numerous bug fixes (Feb 2007)
  • 2.06 - introduction of the origin flag and the beam azimuth parameter together with numerous bug fixes (Aug 2006)
  • 2.05 - modification to deal with arbitrary numbers of radar beams (Mar 2006)
  • 2.04 - bug fixes from the deployment of the Radar Operating System (Feb 2006)
  • 2.03 - added ksh enviroment as an option plus more bug fixes (Sep 2005)
  • 2.02 - more bug fixes and more XML documentation completed. (Aug 2005)
  • 2.01 - various bug fixes and improvements to the IDL libraries (Jul 2005)
  • 2.00 - code adopted as official release. (Apr 2005)
  • 1.07 - numerous bug fixes. (Apr 2005)
  • 1.06 - completed IDL interfaces for grid and map data, incorporated help and error messages derived from XML documentation. (Nov 2004)
  • 1.05 - adopted the DataMap format for grid and map data, incorporated outline documentation and fixed a lot of bugs. (Oct 2004)
  • 1.04 - general bug fixes, addition of Mac OS X support (Aug 2004)
  • 1.03 - implemented the legacy IDL interfaces and incorporated the data tables into this release (Aug 2004)
  • 1.02 - incorporated the IDL interfaces and fixed a lot of bugs (Aug 2004)
  • 1.01 - initial revision of the code. (Jul 2004)