Stellarium free download for Mac


30 September 2019

Desktop planetarium of the live sky above you (beta).


Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium. It renders the skies in realtime using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium is very simple to use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by beginners.

What's new in Stellarium

Version 0.19.2:
  • Support DMS and DD formats for parallactic angle feature
  • Altitude limitation filter for AstroCalc/Graphs[AltVsTime/ME] tools
  • Visual improvements for AstroCalc/Graphs tool
  • New time intervals for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Computation of ephemeris for all naked-eye visible planets into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • GUI for select the color of ephemeris markers into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • 2 new scripts (Saturnian and uranian analemmas)
  • 'k Pup' designation to star HIP 37229
  • Information about progress of loading on splash screen
  • A new skylore for Stellarium: Anutan
  • Support catalog "Southern Stars embedded in nebulosity"
  • Support "Catalogue and distances of optically visible H II regions"
  • Distances for few LDN objects
  • Support removing shortcuts through config.ini file
  • ExtraInfoString to StelObject: Allows extra info injected by plugins or scripts.
  • Display of Apex/Antapex points
  • "observers" for all planets with moons
  • IAU constellation abbreviation to object info
  • 3 new actions
  • Settings for Script Console
  • Vanuatu (Netwar) skyculture
  • Few asterisms
  • New one time step into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Few new DSO textures
  • Support Vec3d into scripting engine
  • A Messier Marathon script
  • Support for short weekday display modes in bottom toolbar
  • GUI option to toggle permanent orbit drawing
  • Hyperbolic comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) [2I/Borisov] into default ssystem_minor.ini file
  • A scripting function for refraction
  • Coloring text issue when formatting output is on
  • Saving properties for external software/remote computer in Telescope Control plugin
  • Behaviour of selected ephemeris marker when sorting not for date (AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool)
  • Sorting date and time columns for AstroCalc/Ephemeris and AstroCalc/Phenomena tools
  • Crash on destruction of static QWidget
  • Small difference of values issue for different time zones for Date and Time column in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Stupid conversion bug in hmsToRad function
  • An asymmetry w.r.t. to the ecliptic latitudes (Moon age)
  • Search Tool/Lists behaviour for VdBH catalog
  • Distances for few DSO
  • Gregorian date issue for AstroCalc
  • Support GPS on macOS
  • Coefficient for the duration of mean tropical year
  • Issue for images in description for landscapes: set search directory
  • Tooltip behaviour for Date and Time dialog
  • Star name to its source spelling
  • Compiling with GPSD 3.19 [API 8.0]
  • Encoding script files in Script Console
  • Drawing names of asterisms
  • aFOV display in Oculars plugin
  • Visual issue in Script Console (white background) with Qt 5.13
  • Links for scripting docs (SUG)
  • Screen flashing during solar eclipse
  • core.resetOutput(); method behaviour
  • AltGr behaviour for some languages on Windows
  • Clipping issue for LabelMgr.labelObject
  • Weekday computation
  • Rendering planets orbits
  • Error in shape of asterism Red-Necked Emu
  • Proper removing of default secondary shortcut
  • Cross-id error in DSO catalog
  • Appdata.xml file
  • Outdated code for names of days and months
  • Observability plugin
  • List of proper names of stars (IAU approved list)
  • Moon age calculation: let's use geocentric coordinates only for compute of the Moon age
  • AstroCalc/PC tool: simplification and colorification for graphs
  • AstroCalc/Phenomena tool: small speed-up
  • The default color space: StelToneReproducer now use sRGB as target RGB color space
  • GUI for Satellites plugin
  • Common names for DSO
  • Common names for stars
  • Packaging for macOS: Let's use macdeployqt for creating a MacOS bundles
  • Nomenclature support: Let's use compressed nomenclature data to reduce an installation package
  • Translations
  • Planetary nomenclature
  • Sardinian skyculture
  • File handling in Script Console
  • HDPI features: enabled scaling fonts on High DPI monitors
  • Default shortcuts: changed default shortcut for copying selected object information (Ctrl+C -> Ctrl+Shift+C) to allow use Ctrl+C shortcut for text edit fields for whole planetarium
  • GetInfoMap method [scripting engine]: enhanced the getInfoMap method for the Sun
  • Chinese (Simplified) and Russian translations for Windows installer
  • Bookmarks tool
  • Default exoplanets and pulsars catalogs
  • Behaviour on Windows: disable HiDPI scaling in manifest
  • Oculars plugin: improve RA/Dec output for CCD frame
  • Code refactoring: type checking/casting clarifications
  • FOV plugin (the feature was moved into core of planetarium)

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04 May 2011

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Wonderful program! It inspires you to become an astronomer ))) No crashes, fast and full of interesting features. Compliments to developers!
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Version 0.10.6
24 December 2018
Stellarium 0.18.3 does not appear to be linked for download at this time: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. <Error><Code>AccessDenied</Code><Message>Request has expired</Message><X-Amz-Expires>300</X-Amz-Expires><Expires>2018-12-24T10:26:22Z</Expires>
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Version 0.18.3
1 answer(s)
21 January 2019
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28 December 2017
Well, this is entirely misleading - "Canonical Ltd." is (according to Wikipedia) "a UK-based privately held computer software company founded and funded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth to market commercial support and related services for Ubuntu and related projects." They PROVIDE LINKS to Stellarium on "", and it is identified everywhere in the program as "0.16.1" but confirmed as the 16.1.2 release via the Clang version in the About dialog. HOWEVER, the STELLARIUM.ORG website - to which this page SHOULD be directing people - has version 0.17.0 available as of 12/21/17 and provides downloads from its Github repository. My rating is for the 0.17.0 version of the program.
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Version 0.16.1
19 December 2017
Stellarium 0.16.2, 18 Dec 2017 does not exist
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Version 0.16.2
1 answer(s)
20 December 2017
I agree. I can only find No 16.2 exists.
09 October 2017
I love that application, I don't have a telescope, and that software permitted me to see the stars, and recognize them, and their constellation, I use it since a long time ago on my iPad/Mac
Version 0.16.1
27 July 2017
Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version per 2017-06-21. Not beta, not 2017-07-27. Also listed as compiled for macOS 10.12+, instead of 10.8+.
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Version 0.16.0
11 November 2016
This MacUpdate listing for Stellarium is grossly outdated. On this page it states version 0.15.0 as released on Nov 10, 2016, and on this page, notes version 0.15.0 is beta. In actuality, Version 0.15.0 was released July 31. 2016, and is the current (as of the date of this post) STABLE version.

There is a version 0.90.0 released Nov 4, 2016, but that is BETA for testing purposes only. Also, this MacUpdate page says Stellarium is compatible with 10.7; on the developer site the last several versions all say 10.8 or higher (full 64-bit required).

Your best bet is head to the source site and download from there; frankly I would not trust what MacUpdate is serving up on this page.
Version 0.15.0
09 February 2016
Version is NOT the stable version. It is (and I quote) "FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY!"

The current stable version is 0.14.2.
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10 November 2015
0.14.0 is out, released October 24, 2015. this page hasn't been updated.
Version 0.13.3
16 August 2014
Great software, THX to the developers. My share for the community: Raisting Crop Circle Landscape for Stellarium! Download Raisting Crop Circle Landscape for Stellarium - Panorama from within 2014 crop circle near Raisting Radome, Bavaria, Germany.
Version 0.13.0
22 July 2014
It does not launch in 10.9.4.Don't know why but it is no loss because I have Kstars from MacPorts.
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Version 0.13.0
1 answer(s)
23 July 2014
Launches and works on my MacBook6,1 with OSX 10.9.4 without problems.
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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