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Xplanet is an image renderer of the Earth and other Solar System objects. Azimuthal, Mercator, Mollweide, orthographic, or rectangular projections can be generated. The latest version, as well as maps for other planets can be found at http://xplanet.sourceforge.net. Xplanet can support
separate night and day maps, as well as a separate cloud map and can simulate Rayleigh scattering through the atmosphere.

This version is compiled without X support (no Wayland port yet) and can only generate image files. Minimal usage is (for instance):

xplanet -target moon -origin earth -num_times 1 -output mypicture.png

Please check the man for detailed usage (man xplanet) and xplanet-background for an automatic rendering in your home and application screen.

Application versions: 
File xplanet-1.3.1-1.armv7hl.rpm5.91 MB03/05/2016 - 19:30
File xplanet-1.3.1-2.armv7hl.rpm5.91 MB04/05/2016 - 15:08
File xplanet-1.3.1-4.armv7hl.rpm18.91 MB05/05/2016 - 20:07
File xplanet-1.3.1-5.armv7hl.rpm21.35 MB06/05/2016 - 15:20
File xplanet-1.3.1-7.armv7hl.rpm21.36 MB12/09/2016 - 20:44
File xplanet-1.3.1-8.armv7hl.rpm21.36 MB12/01/2017 - 00:17
File xplanet-1.3.1-9.armv7hl.rpm22.22 MB17/11/2018 - 01:45
File xplanet-1.3.1-10.armv7hl.rpm22.22 MB20/11/2018 - 02:06
File xplanet-1.3.1-11.armv7hl.rpm22.2 MB30/06/2020 - 21:41

* Tue Jun 30 2020 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-11
- Recompiled against jolla libgif4

* Fri Nov 16 2018 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-9
- Rebuild for Sailfish 3 and new libgif.

* Wed Jan 11 2017 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-8
- Matches new version of xplanet-background fixing various bugs.

* Mon Sep 12 2016 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-7
- Minor change in configuration files (clouds_gamma set to 1.0)

* Fri May 06 2016 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-5
- Adding textures for Jupiter's main satellites, io, europa, ganymede callisto.

* Thu May 05 2016 Eatdirt <eatdirt@mageia.org> 1.3.1-4
IMPORTANT: new maps uploaded (see below).
If you have edited the files in /home/nemo/.config/xplanet before this update, they are not overwritten and xplanet-background & xplanet may not be able to find the new maps. Either have a look to the *.rpmnew files to fix it, or uninstall the previous version before installing this one.

- Fix redrawing to 10mn instead of 5mn to minimize battery draining
- Resampling all maps to 2048 pixels to minimize battery draining
- Package Hipparcos data to see a more starry background
- Package Solar System textures from flatplanet.sourceforge.net


aviarus's picture

Has anyone tried compiling it for aarch64? I have errors compiling it with jpeg png and freetype(2) with every possible version i found. Without these i got it to compile but then the xplanet background script doesn't work

Beethoven's picture

Try installing libgif7 (in openrepos), worked for me on xa2.

Historyscholar's picture

can not install it on my xa2 plus

rolfa's picture

I understand. Maybe it should be noted that currently xplanet is most useful with the application xplanet-background.

eatdirt's picture

Indeed, I have fixed the description to make it clearer.


rolfa's picture

Error: Can't open display

How to use this?


eatdirt's picture

Yes, as it said, compiled without X support. You can still generate images but you should have a look to the man first:
man xplanet

For instance, basic syntax is this:

xplanet -target io -origin ganymede -num_times 1 -output myfilename.png


PS: Someone may want to add wayland support to directly draw picture on the screen, but that would require some work.