siril - Man Page

image processing tool for astronomy and other applications


siril [options] [file]
siril-cli [options] [file]


Siril is a powerful image processing tool designed for improving the signal-to-noise ratio of astronomical images. It offers a wide range of tools for aligning, stacking, and enhancing images from various file formats, including image sequences. It features a high-precision 32-bit floating-point engine and supports parallel processing to run quickly.
The application is divided into 2 binaries. The first one, siril, launches the program in graphic mode. The second one, siril-cli, is a command line interface allowing to execute the following options.


-v, --version

Prints the program name and version, then exits.

-i conf_file

Starts Siril with the specified configuration file.

-f, --format

Prints all supported input image formats, depending on the libraries detected at compile-time.

-c, --copyright

Prints copyright information, then exits.

-h, --help

Displays a brief usage summary.


Starts Siril without the graphical user interface and uses named pipes to accept commands and print logs and status information. On POSIX systems, the named pipes are created in /tmp/ and /tmp/siril_commands.out.

-r input_pipe_path, --inpipe=input_pipe_path

Provides an alternative path for the input pipe that receives the commands if -p is passed. The pipe can be created by an external program with the mkfifo(1) command.

-w output_pipe_path, --outpipe=output_pipe_path

Provides an alternative path for the output pipe that prints logs and status updates if -p is passed. The pipe can be created by an external program with the mkfifo(1) command.

-d working_directory, --directory=working_directory

Sets the specified path as the current working directory.

-s script_file, --script=script_file

Starts Siril without the graphical user interface and runs the specified script instead. Scripts are text files that contain a list of commands to be executed sequentially. In these files, lines starting with a # are considered as comments. If this option is not passed, pipe operation is assumed as if -p had been passed.

-s -

Redirects inputs written after - to stdin.


Opens the specified image or sequence file immediately after startup.



User preferences that can be overridden by the -i option.


The style sheet used to change the look of the graphical user interface. This is useful for customization or if a GTK theme is incompatible with some colored elements of Siril.


Vincent Hourdin <vh at free-astro dot org>
Cyril Richard <cyril at free-astro dot org>
Cécile Melis <cissou8 at gmail dot com>
Adrian Knagg-Baugh <aje dot baugh plus astro at gmail dot com>

Referenced By

The man page siril-cli(1) is an alias of siril(1).

May 2023 siril 1.2.0 General Commands Manual