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Ferret is an interactive computer visualization and analysis environment designed to meet the needs of oceanographers and meteorologists analyzing large and complex gridded data sets.Many excellent software packages have been developed recently for scientific visualization. The features that make Ferret distinctive among these packages are Mathematica-like flexibility, geophysical formatting, "intelligent" connection to its data base, memory management for very large calculations, and symmetrical processing in 4 dimensions. Ferret works with time series and vertical profiles, as well as 2, 3, and 4 dimensional grids. Data files may be in ASCII, IEEE binary, or NetCDF. These are also Ferret's output formats, making it a tool for data management.

Current Version:   V5

License Type:   Free

Home Site:

Source Code Availability: No

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package: No
  • RedHat RPM Package: No
  • Other Packages: Yes

Targeted Platforms:

Sun, SGI, DEC, HP, and IBM, Linux.

Software/Hardware Requirements:


Other Links: (On-line Users Guide) (FAQ)

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:

To join Ferret Email group, send an email message to with a message which says simply "subscribe ferret_users"

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