Panoply netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer

Download Panoply "Generic"

The Panoply "Generic" package is for computers not running the Mac OS X or Windows operating system. This includes Linux, OS/2 and other platforms.

Panoply 4 for Mac OS X requires a computer with a Java SE 7 or 8 runtime environment installed.

The current version of Panoply is 4.3.2 released 2015-11-03.

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Install and Run Panoply

The Panoply archive contains a folder called PanoplyJ which holds the following items:

  • Panoply launcher in a shell command file called "".
  • Application code files in a folder called "jars".
  • A README file.

On most platforms, you may be able to launch Panoply by double-clicking on the Panoply.jar icon on the desktop. However, doing so means that Panoply will not be allocated enough memory when it is started, and it will likely not work correctly.

Instead, you should run Panoply from the shell command line; 'cd' into the directory where the above files are located and then type:


This will execute a one-line command in the shell file that starts Panoply and also allocate additionalmemory.

If you would like to customize your Panoply set-up and are conversant with editing shell scripts, then modifying the file is the place to do it.

Color Tables and Map Overlays

Beginning with version 4, Panoply's "standard" selection of color tables and map overlays is built into the application. Additional color tables and map overlays may be opened for a single session or added to your favorites library for continued use. See the Panoply website for these optional support files.

For additional scale colorbar palettes, J.J. Green's cpt-city website includes many CPT format files that are compatible with Panoply.

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