VStar development releases

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Mon, 04/11/2022 - 08:15

VStar continues to evolve between official releases. New features are being added, bugs are fixed (hopefully, new bugs appear at a slower rate).

If you want to try the latest VStar, please visit the link below.

This is a link to my Google Drive folder with the latest 'development' builds.

VStarWinSetup-X.YZ.Adev.exe.zip is the zipped Windows installer. It contains the main program and all available plugins.

vstar-bash.zip, vstar-plugins.zip: compiled VStar and plugins for Linux-based systems (in fact, the only difference between Linux and Windows versions is the way to lunch the application, all other files are the same)

The link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11cn9BczDHmLFZEyCIQx6wKzfmOnhzhHf?usp=sharing

Clear skies,


Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSAU)
Running vstar-bash on Mac

Thanks for this Max. It's worth nothing that the VStar.sh script from vstar-bash.zip can be used to run VStar from a Mac OS X Terminal window as well.

Great news Max,

I don't see…

Great news Max,

I don't see any notes in the zip files regarding what's new and how to use new features. Is anything available?




American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Hi Peter,I've just created…

Hi Peter,

I've just created a new build (see 2022-05-03 folder) and included the "Changes since the last release" file with a very rough description of what has been changed:

  • HJD Converter plug-in updated (issue 76), the problem with BJD addressed.
  • Descriptive Statistics by Series plug-in renewed.
  • Fixes in Magnitude baseline shifter plug-in.
  • Renewed JD to Calendar date plug-in.
  • New plug-in "New Sar from VeLa model" (still not documented)
  • Windows installer makes a better check for Java bitness (32 or 64 bit) and sets JVM memory sizes accordingly.
  • B-V plug-in fixes.
  • Many small fixes

Probably David can add more details.



Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSAU)
Issues in latest snapshot

Thanks for the change list above Max.

Peter, we provide a detailed ChangeLog.txt with a formal release. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since the last formal release! Another one won't be too far away I suspect.

For the snapshot releases being made available in Max's Google Drive, one approach is to look at the date of the snapshot, then to look at the sorted (in reverse order by update) closed GitHub issues:


A more detailed log of changes can be found here: