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Helpers for using Padova isochrones.

Project Description


Padova is a small python package for working with the so-called Padova evolutionary tracks produced by Girardi and collaborators. Padova is compatible with the Astropy project.

Take a look at this Jupyter notebook to see what Padova can do.

Of course, please use this project responsibly. Don’t abuse the CMD servers.


  • Simple interfaces to obtain either single isochrones or grids of isochrones.
  • Validation of settings before requesting data from the CMD servers.
  • Caching of requests so you don’t hit the CMD servers when you ask for an isochrone set you already have.
  • Isochrones are provided as Astropy tables with metadata.
  • Isochrones can be exported for use with StarFISH.


pip install padova


  • numpy
  • Astropy
  • Requests
  • pytoml
  • setuptools


Padova uses py.test and tox to run tests. Setup with:

pip install tox

Then to run the test suite:



  • Padova provides data from the CMD web site, which is a product of Leo Girardi and collaborators.
  • Padova takes inspiration and incorporates code from ezpadova by Morgan Fouesneau.


Copyright 2013-2015 Jonathan Sick (@jonathansick).

Some parts are adapted from ezpadova, Copyright 2015 Morgan Fouesneau.

Padova is MIT licensed.


0.1.2 (2015-04-15)

  • Testing with py.test and tox
  • Fixed installation of TOML settings schema with setuptools
  • Started testing on travis-ci

0.1.1 (2015-04-15)

  • Cleanup README-based documentation

0.1 (2015-04-15)

  • First official release

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