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Figure 1: PPI-Screen of the RadarView-240 visualisation of Asterix-Data

Figure 1: PPI-Screen of the RadarView-240 visualisation of Asterix-Data, this tool is available at the pages of
Cambridge Pixel


Numerous tools with ASTERIX processing capabilities exist, however only a few are publicly available:

(The respective summary information has been taken from the respective homepage, please refer to the linked sites for further information.)


Cambridge Pixel has a free-of-charge ASTERIX CAT-240 viewer called RadarView-240. This application runs on Windows 10 computers and receives an ASTERIX CAT-240 data stream over a network, then scan converts it to a PPI image which is displayed in a window. Users have full control over the presentation of the radar, and the image can be zoomed and scrolled. A user manual is available with the download package, which can be found here. There’s an option to upgrade to a paid-for version of RadarView which offers many additional capabilities for ASTERIX viewing, including CAT-48 tracks, map underlay, AIS, and ADS-B.

ScanView Asterix Client

ScanView Asterix Client is a free tool that enables customers to read an Asterix CAT-240 data stream and is available for both Windows and Linux. The ScanView Asterix Client package contains a high resolution Asterix Client, a Standard Radar Display, and can be configured/customized using JSON templates.

Track Viewer

Track Viewer is an online viewer for aircraft track data from Eurocontrol ASTERIX files.

logo OpenATS logo OpenATS

It’s name being an abbreviation for compliance assessment, the OpenATS COMPASS tool allows air traffic surveillance recordings to be imported into a database for analysis, visualization and evaluation. Many use-cases are supported, e.g. importing EUROCONTROL ASTERIX recordings into a database, textual & visual analysis, evaluation (calculation of performance indicators) and evaluation report document generation.


AsterixInspector is a tool to textually display contents of ASTERIX data files, with the ASTERIX specifications as XML files.

CroatiaControlLtd / asterix

Asterix is utility used to read and parse EUROCONTROL ASTERIX protocol data from stdin, file or network multicast stream and print it to standard output in text, XML or JSON format. Source can be used to generate Wireshark dissector for ASTERIX protocol. All ASTERIX categories are defined through XML definition files.

WireShark ASTERIX dissector

Wireshark is the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer. Using the ASTERIX plugin, live or recorded ASTERIX data can be inspected. (documentation, mostly in French)


SDDL is based on an ASTERIX recording, recorded air traffic surveillance data can be listed and converted to JSON.


OpenATS jASTERIX is a C⁺⁺ Library for EUROCONTROL’s ASTERIX to JSON conversion, with ASTERIX definitions as JSON files. It allows decoding standardized binary ASTERIX data into the standard JSON format, for inspection or automated processing in other software.