Sakura is a data explorer for X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data. It reads data captured on the XAS beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.


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  • Reads step-mode (.mda file) and mapping-mode data ( files) generated at the Australian Synchrotron's XAS beamline.
  • Exports columnar ASCII.
  • Supports normalisation of data to internally available data channels.
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows/Mac OSX/Linux
  • Released under the Modified BSD-license.


Sakura screenshot


To learn more, visit the documentation at

Software authors

Peter Kappen peter _dot_ kappen _at_, Australian Synchrotron
Gary Ruben, Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI)

Recognition of NeCTAR funding

The Australian Synchrotron is proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project to develop eResearch Tools for the synchrotron research community. This will enable our scientific users to have instant access to the results of data during the course of their experiment which will facilitate better decision making and also provide the opportunity for ongoing data analysis via remote access.