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Toolsuite for dealing with the MaNGA dataset

Project description

Marvin is the ultimate tool to visualise and analyse MaNGA data. It is developed and maintained by the MaNGA team.

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To painlessly install Marvin:

pip install sdss-marvin

If you would like to contribute to Marvin’s development, you can clone this git repo, pip install the dependencies, update the submodules, and then setup with python install:

git clone
cd marvin
git submodule update --init --recursive
pip install -r requirements_dev.txt
python develop

What is Marvin?

Marvin is a complete ecosystem designed for overcoming the challenge of searching, accessing, and visualizing the MaNGA data. It consists of a three-pronged approach of a web app, a python package, and an API. The web app, Marvin-web, provides an easily accessible interface for searching the MaNGA data and visual exploration of individual MaNGA galaxies or of the entire sample. The python package, in particular Marvin-tools, allows users to easily and efficiently interact with the MaNGA data via local files, files retrieved from the Science Archive Server, or data directly grabbed from the database. The tools come mainly in the form of convenience functions and classes for interacting with the data. An additional tool is a powerful query functionality that uses the API to query the MaNGA databases and return the search results to your python session. Marvin-API is the critical link that allows Marvin-tools and Marvin-web to interact with the databases, which enables users to harness the statistical power of the MaNGA data set.


You can find the latest Marvin documentation here.

Citation and Acknowledgements

If you use Marvin for work/research presented in a publication (whether directly, or as a dependency to another package), we ask that you cite the Marvin Software (BibTeX). We provide the following as a standard acknowledgment you can use if there is not a specific place to cite the DOI:

*This research made use of Marvin, a core Python package and web framework for MaNGA data, developed by Brian Cherinka, José Sánchez-Gallego, Brett Andrews, and Joel Brownstein. (MaNGA Collaboration, 2018).*

Marvin’s Bibtex entry to use:

  author       = {Brian Cherinka and
                  José Sánchez-Gallego and
                  Brett Andrews and
                  Joel Brownstein},
  title        = {sdss/marvin: Marvin Beta 2.2.0},
  month        = jan,
  year         = 2018,
  doi          = {10.5281/zenodo.1146705},
  url          = {}


Marvin is licensed under a 3-clause BSD style license - see the file.

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