PDS4 Viewer

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PDS4 Viewer

  • A read-in and visualization tool for PDS4 data
  • Available stand-alone, no installation necessary, on Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Supports all** PDS4 data (images, spectra, arrays, tables)


See screenshots of the tool.

  • Summary View: displays a summary of the available data structures in the label, giving various options to view them
  • Image View: displays N-dimensional images and spectra, allowing for zoom, rotation, pan, axis-inversion, colormap manipulation, scaling, etc.
  • Table View: displays all PDS4 tables and arrays as tables, including arbitrarily nested GROUP fields (sub-tables).
  • Plot View: allows plotting PDS4 table columns against each other, including error bars.
  • Label View: Easy, human-readable, access to meta-data (such as structure labels, display settings and spectral characteristics, etc.)

Contact Lev Nagdimunov with questions or comments regarding this tool.


Latest version, 0.71, was released on February 7, 2017.


Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 are supported.
Download for Windows 64-bit: File:PDS4 viewer windows-0.71.zip.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through at least 10.12 (Sierra) are supported.
Download for Mac OS X: File:PDS4 viewer mac-0.71.zip.


RedHat 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 19+, Ubuntu 13+, Mint 15+, Debian 8+, openSUSE 13+ are supported.
Download for Linux (newer) 64-bit: File:PDS4 viewer centos7-0.71.zip

RedHat 6, CentOS 6, and potentially other older Linux distributions.
Download for Linux (older) 64-bit: File:PDS4 viewer centos6-0.71.zip

If you use a Linux distribution other than those above, and neither of the above versions work for your distribution, you can run the viewer from Python, available here.


The source code, which is written in Python, is available for download.



Extract the ZIP file. Double click on "pds4_viewer.exe".

On newer Windows versions a Security Warning may popup. Click 'Run' or click 'More Info' and then 'Run' to ignore the warning.

Mac OS X

Extract the ZIP file. Double click on "pds4_viewer.app".

On newer OS X versions a Security Warning may popup, which will not allow you to proceed. Instead hold the 'Control' key, then click on the app icon again and choose 'Open' from the shortcut window.


Extract the ZIP file. Add permissions to execute (via "chmod +x pds4_viewer") and then double click on "pds4_viewer" or run it from command line.

Supported Data Structures

PDS4 Data Standards >= v1.0 are supported.
PDS3 Data Standards are not supported.

The table below lists the main PDS4 data structures and the current status.

Structure Read-in Display as Table Display as Image Display Columns as Plot
Array Yes Yes Yes, N-dims Yes, 1-D only
Array_2D Yes Yes Yes No
Array_2D_* Yes Yes Yes No
Array_3D Yes Yes Yes No
Array_3D_* Yes Yes Yes No
Table_Character Yes Yes No Yes
Table_Binary Yes, except BitFields Yes No Yes
Table_Delimited Yes Yes No Yes


PDS4 Viewer
PDS4 Viewer's Image View example
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PDS4 Viewer's Image View example (with additional options shown)
PDS4 Viewer
PDS4 Viewer's Plot View example
PDS4 Viewer
PDS4 Viewer's Table View example (with sub-table shown)
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PDS4 Viewer's Label Summary and Label View example