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A Free software to capTure meteors.

Project maintained by fripon

Welcome to FreeTure Page.

FreeTure is a meteor detection software used to monitor the sky with GigE all-sky cameras to detect and record falling stars and fireball. Originally, it has been developed for the FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network) project which aims to cover all France with 100 fish eyes cameras. But you can use it on your own station if you have a GigE camera.

Getting started

Please refer to the FreeTure wiki for futher informations about the installation. Once the soft has been installed, you can do a copy of the configuration file located by default in /usr/share/freeture/ (for linux OSes) and start to configurate some parameters.

There are four modes you can play with.

The first mode checks for errors in the configuration file.

$ freeture -m 1 -c [path_of_the_configuration_file]

The second mode runs continuous acquisition.

$ freeture -m 2 -e [exposure_time] -g [gain] --display

The third mode runs the detection.

$ freeture -m 3 -c [path_of_the_configuration_file] -t [execution_time]

The fourth mode makes a single capture to test the camera.

$ freeture -m 4 -d [device_name] -g [gain] -e [exposure_time]


The following fireball has been detected the 06 october 2014 at 22h58m38s UT.

This is an animated gif of the previous event. The bright moving point is a meteor.

Plane events are usually not recorded because they are during too long time compared to meteors. Adjusting some parameters can enable the soft to record them, like the following examples.

Authors and Contributors

Support or Contact

Having trouble with FreeTure ? Check out the wiki or contact us and we’ll help you sort it out .

Acknowledging FreeTure

If you use FreeTure for your work or research please cite

Audureau et al., 2014, "FreeTure: A Free software to capTure meteors for FRIPON", Proceedings of the International Meteor Conference, Giron, France, 18-21 September 2014 Eds.: Rault, J.-L.; Roggemans, P. International Meteor Organization, ISBN 978-2-87355-028-8, pp. 39-41