KERN is a bi-annually released set of radio astronomical software packages. It should contain most of the standard tools that a radio astronomer needs to work with radio telescope data. The goal of KERN is to save time and prevent frustration in setting up of scientific pipelines and to assist in achieving scientific reproducibility.

Installation guide

Quick start

To quickly get started using KERN run the following command on a Ubuntu 18.04 system:

$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
$ sudo add-apt-repository -s ppa:kernsuite/kern-5
$ sudo apt-add-repository multiverse
$ sudo apt-add-repository restricted
$ sudo apt-get update

Now you are ready to install some packages, for example meqtrees:

$ sudo apt-get install meqtrees

If you use KERN in your research please don't forget to cite us:

    author={Molenaar, Gijs and Smirnov, Oleg},
    journal={Astronomy and Computing},


"To the scarred souls who have survived through the plagues of radio astronomy software installation, this is like the invention of antibiotics."

- Prof. O. Smirnov

"My PhD would have never been finished without KERN."

- Dr. S. Makhathini

"May you be blessed with a hundred PhD students not thanking you because they never realize how easy they have it now."

- Dr. T. Staley

Reporting issues

Does a package misbehave? Is it not working as you expected? are you missing a radio astronomical package? Open an issue on our issue tracker!