Herschel Interactive Processing Environment (HIPE)
The software package for Herschel Interactive Processing Environment (HIPE) is the application that allows users to work with the Herschel data, including finding the data products, interactive analysis, plotting of data, and data manipulation.
Which version of HIPE do I need ?
In general, users are recommended to use always the latest user release version of HIPE, as this the latest version of HIPE which contains fully validated versions of all pipelines and of the extended interactive data processing packages which come with HIPE, and it has been subject to dedicated validation campaigns by an extended group of testers and astronomers. This is in principle the version recommended for a general user and for the processing of Herschel data from all instruments.
It must be noted, however, that in order to obtain the best possible Level 2 data for some Herschel instruments and specific observing modes, sometimes more advanced HIPE developer versions are identified and made available which are intended to provide early access to better quality products in some particular cases.
In the table below we list the latest recommendations made by the instrument ICCs on which version should be used depending on the kind of analysis that you need to perform.
HIPE Download and Installation Instructions
Download the latest HIPE User Release installer
The latest HIPE User Release (v11.1.0) installer can be downloaded from the links below. This version of HIPE corresponds to the CIB system build 3010 of track 11.0. See the installation instructions on the different operating systems.
Important note: You have to keep your internet connection on during the process as you download all the necessary components during the installation.
A repository of previous HIPE User Release installers can be accessed by clicking here.
To learn what has changed in this HIPE version, see the What's new in HIPE 11 page.
Information on the JRE (Java Runtime Environment)
Since version 2.0, the HIPE installers for Windows and Linux always come with JRE (Java Runtime Environment) bundled to the installer. The JRE come in two flavors (32 bit and 64 bit). The second one allows to allocate more than 1.5 GB of memory to the installed software. In the case of MacOS X, the installer instruction page contains a link to the Apple site to download the appropriate JRE. The Java version distributed with the JRE is 1.6.0_45.
HIPE Users' Documentation
The documentation shipped with HIPE v11.x is also available below. The online version is usually more up-to-date, but it may also mention features not yet included in your current version of HIPE.
We recommend you to go through the following documentation before using HIPE.
These documents provide information on the latest version of HIPE, including known issues affecting the software and the data products.
- What's New in HIPE 11 (PDF and HTML)
- HIPE Known Issues (PDF and HTML)
- Data Products Known Issues (PDF and HTML)
These documents give a comprehensive description of all the analysis tools shipped with HIPE:
- Herschel Data Analysis Guide (PDF and HTML)
- Scripting and Data Mining (PDF and HTML)
- HCSS User's Reference Manual (PDF and HTML)
The following documents give instrument specific information about data reduction and analysis:
- PACS Data Reduction Guide: Spectroscopy (PDF and HTML)
- PACS Data Reduction Guide: Photometry (PDF and HTML)
- SPIRE Data Reduction Guide (PDF and HTML)
- HIFI Data Reduction Guide (PDF and HTML)
And finally, the following documents give reference information:
- Herschel Tools Contributor's Guide (PDF and HTML)
- Herschel Products Definitions Document (PDF and HTML)
Access HIPE developer builds
HIPE is being continuously improved by a large team of developers distributed all around the world, following a Continuous Integration Build (CIB) system, which result in numerous builds of HIPE being produced on a daily basis. Please be aware that these versions of HIPE are not "User Releases". They are untested or under test.
HIPE System Requirements
Operating Systems Supported
- Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and Mac OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion")
- Internet Explorer
Minimum Hardware Requirements
- Windows/Linux 32-bit w/2 GB RAM
- Windows/Linux/Mac 64-bit w/2 GB RAM
Note: This is just to install the SW, but for data processing 4GB RAM is highly recommended. In some particular cases, up to 16GB RAM (or more) may be needed e.g. to process big maps made with PACS.
HIPE Installation Instructions
- After downloading, double-click
- Windows 32bit systems require the allocation of 1.5GB of contiguous RAM memory for the installation. If you have a 2GB RAM memory laptop the HIPE installer may fail, if this memory is not available in the way it is required, as some users have recently reported.
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To download the linux installer you should do a right click and then "save link as"
- After downloading open a shell and,
cd to the directory where you downloaded the installer.
- At the prompt type:
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Mac OS X Instructions:
- After downloading, double-click
- Security checks implemented in Mac OS 10.8 and later can block the execution of some versions of the HIPE installer. To work around this you can:
- In a terminal window, use the
chmod u+x command to change the permissions of the user release installer file.
- In Mac OS X, from
System Preferences → Security & Privacy → General → Allow applications downloads from [ANYWHERE].
- Also using
right-click → Open or Ctrl+left-click → Open allows executing the installer.
- Java 1.6 must be enabled in order for the installer and HIPE to run.
- The option for that is under Applications/Utility/Java/Java Preferences. Click on Java Preferences and make sure that Java SE 6 appears in the pop-up window at the top of both the 'Applet' and 'Application' fields. The java SE 6 is available for Mac OS X 10.5 update 2 and later.
- For Mac OS 10.7 or later Java 6 is no longer a part of the operating system, so it is recommended to install Java 7 from Oracle's website
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