The LSST Science Pipelines

The LSST Science Pipelines are designed to enable optical and near-infrared astronomy in the “big data” era. While they are being developed to process the data for the Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (Rubin’s LSST), our command line and programming interfaces can be extended to address any optical or near-infrared dataset.

This documentation covers version v23_0_0. Learn what’s new. You can also find documentation for other versions.

Getting started

If you’re new to the LSST Science Pipelines, these step-by-step data processing tutorials will get you up and running.

Data processing tutorial series (these were developed using the w_2021_33 version of the science pipelines):

Guide for processing DESC DC2 data in a shared repository using the Alert Production pipeline (this was developed using the w_2021_30 version of the science pipelines):

Join us on the LSST Community forum to get help and share ideas.


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Alternative distributions and installation methods:

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To install the LSST Simulation software, such as MAF, please follow the LSST Simulations documentation.



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