CARTA Version 1.3 Release

The Cube Analysis and Rendering Tool for Astronomy (CARTA) is a new image visualization and analysis tool designed for ALMA, the VLA and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder telescopes. CARTA is developed by a consortium of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and the Department of Physics, University of Alberta.

The CARTA development team is excited to announce that the CARTA v1.3 release is now ready for download!


Key features in this release are:

    • Contour rendering
    • Raster image matching in world coordinates
    • Contour image matching in world coordinates
    • Image matching in spectral domain
    • Drag-to-pan support
    • Spectral conversion in the spectral profiler
    • Enhanced usability with “Active” region type
    • Enhanced “remote” mode
    • Optional low-bandwidth mode for poor network connections
    • Offline in-app help manual

Download, Installation and User Manual

The packages can be retrieved at

The user manual is available at

The installation and configuration guide is available here.

There are some known issues which the CARTA development team has planned to solve in the future releases.

Should there be any problems about the v1.3 release, please feel free to contact the CARTA helpdesk ( or file an issue on Github (

Citation of CARTA Software

Please use the following DOI as a citation when using CARTA for publications.

DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3377984

Copyright and License

Copyright (C) 2018-2020 ASIAA, IDIA, NRAO, and Department of Physics, University of Alberta. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 as published by the Free Software Foundation.