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(June 11, 2021) Current version: 3.1.1
Gaia Sky supports VR since version
Use the CLI argument
gaiasky -vr or use the
gaiaskyvr.exe executable (on Windows)
to run it. You need an HDM supporting OpenVR.
|Linux||DEB package (38 MB)
RPM package (38 MB)
Linux/Unix installer (39 MB)
AppImage (90 MB)
AUR package -
Flatpak (Flathub link)
|Windows||64-bit installer (85 MB)||dd93567479e7ebfb70756b33650feef1f54b3b647f10b9304097179ec7d808e0|
|macOS||DMG package (85 MB)||134e4f67022cbef83a0a836540f6900e6e876c248005a9e9d7cbb65cb8f78594|
|Archive file||TAR.GZ archive file (36 MB)||aa86922e832161b5412ad8ca1748ea44ac1435dc4af9e7cd46fbf615a6f556ec|
|GIT repository||Source code||-|
Windows installerDownload the installer and double-click on it. Follow the on-screen instructions. In Windows 8/10 SmartScreen may block the installation. If so, just click on
More infoand then on
macOS installerDownload and run the DMG file. Then follow the installer instructions. Our package is not signed, so you may want to have a look at how to open apps from "unidentified developers".
TGZ installationUncompress the archive in POSIX systems using:
tar -zxvf gaiasky-[version].tar.gz
DEB packageRun the following in a terminal:
dpkg -i gaiasky-[version].deb
RPM packageRun the following in a terminal:
rpm -ivh --nodigest gaiasky-[version].rpm
AUR packageUse any tool capable of installing packages from AUR. The package name is
gaiasky. For example, with
yay -S gaiasky
FlatpakTo install, just do:
flatpak install flathub de.uni_heidelberg.zah.GaiaSky
flatpak run de.uni_heidelberg.zah.GaiaSky
AppImageThe AppImage package does not need to be installed. Just download the file, optionally check the digest, give it execution permission, and run it.
chmod u+x ./GaiaSky_[version].appimage
How to run...
- Gaia Sky
- Use the shortcut provided by your Operating System, or use the
gaiaskycommand from your favourite CLI. If using the Flatpak, see instructions above.
- Gaia Sky VR
- Use the 'Gaia Sky VR' shortcut in the start menu or
$ gaiasky -vrfrom CLI.
Getting the data
The Gaia Sky installation only contains the raw program. If you actually need to run Gaia Sky you will need to download some data (catalogs, 3D models, textures, etc.). To do so, Gaia Sky contains an integrated download manager which pops up at startup whenever no data is detected or new versions of current data packs are found. In case you need to run Gaia Sky in a machine without an internet connection, we offer direct downloads for all versions of all data packs. As a general rule of thumb, you should always get the most recent version.