FITS 1.5.5 Released

July 18, 2022

FITS 1.5.5 is the latest stable release and was released on May 10, 2022. It does not contain any work from the Community Sprint. Its primary change from the previous release is that it resolves a log4j (v.1) security vulnerability by replacing log4j with reload4j. There has also been the...

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FITS 1.5.0 Released

September 10, 2019

This FITS release contains several changes.


FITS code is now built with Java 1.8 and is expected to be run with a minimum of Java 1.8.


The identification of various video formats and mime types have been normalized (.mov, .mp4, .meg-4, .avi, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv...

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FITS 1.4.1 Released

April 10, 2019

This FITS release in a minor bug fix release. The embedded Tika tool has been upgraded due to a security issue. There is now an error message in the FITS metadata output when a JP 2000 file is not well-formed. m4a files are excluded from the embedded File Utility tool due to not proper file identification. This resulted in lacking metadata output.

The latest source code is available on GitHub...

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FITS 1.4.0 Released

November 7, 2018

We are pleased to announce a new release of both FITS and FITS Service web application.

The FITS release contains update to the following tools contained within FITS: DROID 6.4, Tika 1.19.1, and Exiftool 11.14. There have been updates to XSL transformations corresponding to these tools' output into FITS metadata to accommodate some (but not all) of the additional metadata provided by these tools. MP3 files are now excluded from processing by JHOVE by default. This can be modified in the fits.xml configuration file. There have also been other minor tweaks and bug fixes.

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FITS 1.3.0 Released

June 7, 2018

This release contains essentially the same functionality as release 1.2.1. However, from a code development perspective, the build tool used to create the FITS downloadable zip file has been changed from Ant to Maven. Also, due to some licensing issues, some of the Open Source dependencies contained within FITS have been updated. It is now also possible to change the Java heap size in the scripts that start FITS. This can be configured in either fits-env...

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FITS 1.2.2 Released

April 24, 2018
This release only contains a update to the OTS JAR file for internal use by Harvard University. There are no other bug fixes or modifications.

FITS 1.2.1 Released

April 10, 2018

This release includes an update of the embedded Jhove tool to version 1.20.1, which provides addition metadata output. There was also a bug fix in the XSLT for Jhove where image height was not being converted from Jhove output to FITS metadata. There have also been a couple of format normalizations for WAVE and XML file types.

This latest source code is available on GitHub...
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FITS 1.2.0 Released

August 16, 2017

This release will process and gather metadata for ZIP files and will transform to ContainerMD standard output. The embedded DROID tool has been updated to v.6.3 along with an update to its latest signature file to better identify file type.

Deprecated methods have been removed from There have also been other tweaks and bug fixes.

This latest source code is available on GitHub here. The...

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FITS 1.1.1 Released

May 30, 2017

This release has improved DROID performance. For very large files where approprate metadata can be extracted from the beginning of a file (certain types of video, for example), it is now possible to limit the number of bytes that the DROID tool examines. This is a new value in the fits.xml configuration file. More details here. By default, there is no change to file processing by DROID unless this...

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