Fermi Science Support Center

Installing the GBM Software Tools


The rmfit software package was developed by members of the gamma-ray astronomy group at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It uses a forward-folding technique to obtain the best-fit parameters for a chosen model given user-selected source and background time intervals from data files containing observed count rates and a corresponding detector response matrix. rmfit displays lightcurves and spectra using a graphical interface that enables user-defined integrated or time-resolved spectral fits and binning in either time or energy. Originally developed for the analysis of BATSE Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) spectroscopy, rmfit is a tool for the spectroscopy of transient sources. It has evolved considerably to accommodate the Fermi GBM and LAT data. Limited support is available for data from other instruments such as the Swift BAT. More information is available in the installation notes and accompanying tutorial.

You can install the GBM rmfit tool using the precompiled binary. The system requirements are:

Mac OS X 10.6 (Snowleopard) or higher


a machine with Linux or a Linux derivative

GBM Response Generator

The Fermi GBM team has provided a portable version of their response matrix generation software and associated calibration files. You will need about 2.5 GB of disk space to install the package. Previously, this software was available to the public only via an interactive web interface. The response file generator facilitates production of response files for a GBM triggered event or for an arbitrary source location at an arbitrary time for each of the GBM detectors. The intent is to better facilitate studies such as candidate, non-triggered GRBs or solar flares, TGFs and searches for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves. We note that a set of standard, optimally generated, response matrices are archived and available for all triggered events and are recommended for use with those data.