Stellarium — a free virtual planetarium. The program is a three-dimensional realistic sky map. Available great guide stars (over 600,000 objects).


In Stellarium you can see constellations, planets. stars, nebulae and other celestial objects. The program has many settings and features. You can set your location, terrain, configuration, display features, and much more.

Main capabilities and features:

  • The directory contains more than 600,000 stars.
  • The ability to download additional directories in which more than 177 million stars.
  • 80,000 objects in the cosmos.
  • Image constellations.
  • Image nebulae.
  • The Milky Way.
  • Planets and satellites.
  • The observation of solar eclipses.
  • The observation of the movement of comets.
  • Display a realistic sky in 3D.
  • Different viewing modes are a stellar lot.
  • There is an online version of the application — which works through the browser.
  • Support for plug-ins.
  • Ability to add own objects.


The program translated into many languages, including Russian.

The language can be selected in the program settings.

Stellarium 0.19.2: language Selection in settings

System requirements

The stated minimum system requirements:

  • Video card with support for OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.3
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 250 MB disk space

The stated recommended system requirements:

  • Video card with support for OpenGL 3.3 and above
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1.5 GB disk space


Programming language: C/C++

Is Used: Qt, OpenGL.

The program Stellarium is available for Linux, Windows, MacOS.

License: GNU GPL v2.0

The first version was written by the French programmer Fabien chéreau. The project was launched in the summer of 2001.


Available ready AppImage-package (what’s this?) does not require installation. You can download it from the official website of the program.

Installation in Ubuntu Linux via PPA repository

The program is available in the basic Ubuntu repositories, but the developers offer their PPA repository, from which you can install the latest version of the program. To install Stellarium in Ubuntu Linux, run in terminal the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install stellarium

Installation in Ubuntu (LinuxMint)

sudo apt install stellarium

Installation in ArchLinux (Manjaro)

sudo pacman -S stellarium

Installation via Flatpak


flatpak install flathub org.stellarium.Stellarium


flatpak run org.stellarium.Stellarium

Installation via Snap

install stellarium sudo snap-daily

The program is cross-platform
Works in:

  • Linux
  • MacOS
  • Windows

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Screenshots of the program

  • Stellarium 0.10: Starry heavens (version: 0.10)Screenshot taken from the official website.

  • Stellarium 0.10: choosing the location (version: 0.10)Screenshot taken from the official website.

  • Stellarium 0.19.2: Constellations (version: 0.19.2)


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