10. August 2016


Latest Version: 2.8 for Omero 5.4.x, and 2.853 for Omero 5.3.x: new mask functionality, many bugfixes

Latest Version: 2.70: Omero 5.4.x, native NDPI(s) reader (speed improvement), many bugfixes

Recommended Hardware: Quadcore / Hexacore (e.g. I7/I9), 16 GB RAM (or 32 GB if possible).

Before updating an existing installation, please close Orbit first.

Windows, Linux and Macintosh downloads are for 64bit OS. For 32bit OS (and other platforms) please use the JAR distribution.

Starting from version 2.8 Spark scaleout is not included anymore. If you want to use Spark scaleout, please download the Spark jars and copy them into the lib folder.

Windows (x64), Omero 5.4.x


For Omero 5.3.x, please download this version.

Download the orbit_win_xxx.exe and execute it. Follow the installation instructions. Afterwards you should have a desktop icon which you can use to start Orbit.

Hint: Orbit supports high-DPI displays (e.g. 4k monitors) and is able to scale UI elements by itself smoothly. Thus, for high-res displays please right-click the Orbit icon, Properties -> Compatibility and check ‘disable DPI scaling’.

For Zeiss CZI files with JPEG-XR compression Visual Studio 2015 C++ Redistributable is needed.
This distribution contains the native lib for NDPI(s) files.

MD5: 94c6ca9d27a8dfcb815ed740299698f3

Linux (x64), Omero 5.4.x


For Omero 5.3.x, please download this version.

Download orbit_linux_xxx.tar.gz into a temp folder, extract archive and install the application with the install script:
(do this in an empty folder, ensure that no ‘orbit’ subfolder exists – because it will be created)

tar -xzf orbit_linux_xxx.tar.gz
sudo ./install.sh

you should find a shortcut on your desktop and in your main menu (under graphics and education) after installation.

Alternatively: start orbit directly without installing to /opt/orbit and without desktop shortcut:


Hint: This package come with an Oracle JRE. If you want to use your own JRE please be sure to use a 64bit JRE >=1.7. (Tested with Oracle JRE, but OpenJDK should work, too.)
This distribution contains the native lib for NDPI(s) files.

MD5: 092549f681982929920e270bd7f6bb75

Macintosh, Omero 5.4.x


For Omero 5.3.x, please download this version.

Download the orbit_mac_xxx.zip to your desktop and double-click to extract its contents. Then you should have the OrbitImageAnalysis.app icon on your desktop which you can double-click to start Orbit.

The zip file can be deleted then.

MD5: fd49a6546be70423eccb31d6c2aed81d

JAR, Omero 5.4.x


For Omero 5.3.x, please download this version.

Tested with Oracle JRE >= 1.7. However, OpenJDK should work, too.

Extract the zip into a folder and start the program with

java -Xmx3g -XX:MaxPermSize=150m -Djavax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory=com.sun.org.apache.xerces.internal.jaxp.DocumentBuilderFactoryImpl -cp "*" com.actelion.research.orbit.imageAnalysis.components.OrbitImageAnalysis

Set the -Xmx to a proper value according to your system memory.
No native libs are included here, you might copy them from a win or linux dist (.dll / .so).

MD5: e44f9c00c20f3fe75c12be4777d6ac10


Post Installation

If you have an image server like Omero you should configure Orbit to connect to it.

Source Code

The source code is available via Github. See the development page for details on how to build Orbit.