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New in Magics3.1

A new projection has been added in this version, you can discover it in this notebook tpers.

Download the notebook

New in Magics 3.0

Magics-3.0 is the first version offering a Python 3 Interface (but still keeping compatibility to Python 2). We welcome your feedback to improve it.

The handling of NetCDF/CF-convention has been simplified, enabling easier visualisation.

The support of gradients colours has also been improved and now Magics supports the use of predefined palettes: please have a look at them!. Metview 5 offers now a nice editor to pre-visualise the colours.

What is Magics

Magics is the latest generation of the ECMWF's meteorological plotting software and can be either accessed directly through its Python or Fortran interfaces or by using Metview.

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.


Magics-3.0.0 si now available for download.

This is the first version offering a python3 interface : we welcome your feedback !

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. 

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ZIP Archive Magics-3.1.0-Source.tar.gz June release yesterday at 4:02 PM by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
File Magics-3.0.4-Source.tar.gz production release May 10, 2018 by deploy deploy
ZIP Archive Magics-3.0.3-Source.tar.gz HotFix version Apr 23, 2018 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-3.0.0-Source.tar.gz First Version python3 ready Dec 20, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
ZIP Archive Magics-2.34.3-Source.tar.gz Oct 02, 2017 by Sylvie Lamy-Thepaut
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'






  3. hello

    how I can see the precipition map ???

    • please help me please

    1. Please have a look at the Gallery . If you see a plot you want to reproduce you can click on the plot and you should find out how to generate the plot. There will be also links to download example codes.