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KStars – free and open source, cross-platform virtual planetarium that shows the night sky from anywhere on our planet


  • Graphical modeling of the sky with planets, up to 100 million stars, 10,000 deep sky objects, comets and asteroids. Adjustable simulation speed;
  • Access to several Internet resources for obtaining information, images and data;
  • Information about each displayed celestial body;
  • It is possible to keep observation diaries;
  • Control of a telescope connected to a computer;
  • Calculator of various astronomical quantities;
  • Script support.

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The software KStars is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via Snap package

sudo snap install kstars

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:3.3.6
Developer:The KDE project
Programming language:C++, Qt
License:GPL v2
Software website:edu.kde.org/kstars

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