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What is Magics

Magics is the latest generation of the ECMWF's Meteorological plotting software MAGICS. Although completely redesigned in C++, it is intended to be as backwards-compatible as possible with the Fortran interface. The contour package was rewritten and no longer depends on the CONICON licence.

Magics supports the plotting of contours, wind fields, observations, satellite images, symbols, text, axis and graphs (including boxplots). Data fields to be plotted may be presented in various formats, for instance GRIB 1 and 2 code data, gaussian grid, regularly spaced grid and fitted data. GRIB data is handled via ECMWF's ecCodes software. Input data can also be in BUFR and NetCDF format or retrieved from an ODB database. The produced meteorological plots can be saved in various formats, such as PostScript, EPS, PDF, GIF, PNG and SVG.

Magics uses the Terralib library in cooperation with Brazil's INPE.

Report a bug or issue

Please send an email to or go to Issues if you have any suggestions for improvements or have discovered a bug with this software package.


From Magics 2.30.0 (November 2016 synchronised release), Magics is, by default, using ecCodes

The tarballs below are released under Apache License 2.0. For a list of changes between version please see the Change History. Please consult the installation guide on how to compile and install Magics. 

  File Modified
ZIP Archive Magics-2.34.1-Source.tar.gz Jul 13, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.33.0-Source.tar.gz May 31, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.32.0-Source.tar.gz Mar 23, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.31.0-Source.tar.gz Jan 30, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.30.0-Source.tar.gz Nov 23, 2016 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.29.6-Source.tar.gz Oct 19, 2016 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.29.4-Source.tar.gz Few bug fixes Aug 02, 2016 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.29.0-Source.tar.gz Few bug fixes May 11, 2016 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.28.0-Source.tar.gz New coastlines Mar 17, 2016 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.26.2-Source.tar.gz Fix issues with wind plotting and streamlines Dec 30, 2015 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.24.7-Source.tar.gz latest export vesion [Minor bug fixes] May 14, 2015 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
File Magics-2.22.7-Source.tar.gz export Version ( using CMake) - added CMake info Mar 10, 2015 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.18.15.tar.gz Maintenance update Apr 17, 2013 by Stephan Siemen
ZIP Archive Magics-2.16.1.tar.gz Maintenance update (fix for Ubuntu 12.04 and Contouring) Aug 14, 2012 by Stephan Siemen
ZIP Archive Magics-2.14.11.tar.gz Bug fixes May 11, 2012 by Stephan Siemen



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  1. Hello,

    How can we draw borders of the countries? I have tried to do it on ecgate based on the following example but it was not successful.

                map_administrative_boundaries = 'on'
                map_administrative_boundaries_countries_list = 'austria'
                map_administrative_boundaries_style = 'dash'
                map_administrative_boundaries_colour = 'automatic'
                map_administrative_boundaries_thickness = '1'

    Many thanks in advance,

    kind regards

    Istvan Ihasz


  2. Hello,

    In order to draw the administrative boundaries of a country, you have to refer to it by its ISO code in 3 letters , if I am right Austria is AUS.

    map_administrative_boundaries_countries_list = 'AUS'