MSNoise is a python package that uses a database (sqlite or MySQL) for storing station and files metadata together with jobs. When installed, it provides a top level command msnoise in the console.

Note that MSNoise is always tested against the latest release versions of the main packages, so older installations that are not maintained/updated regularly (years) could encounter issues. Please make sure you have the latest version of Numpy and Scipy (and MKL), as performance gets better and better (especially since Anaconda Inc. released its fast MKL implementations for all users, in the conda-forge channel).

To run MSNoise, you need:

  • A recent version of Python (3.11 recommended). We suggest using Miniconda and creating a fresh environment for running msnoise. MSNoise is tested “continuously” on GitHub for the last 3 most recent python version, and the three OS.

  • Database: MariaDB or Postgresql: if you want to use a database, you need to install and configure a dabatase Server beforehand. This is not needed for sqlite. Read About Databases and Performances for more information. We recommend using a database server when the number of stations/jobs is large, as parallelism of the workflow will allow you to process more data at once, compared with using sqlite.

Full Installation

  1. Download and install Miniconda for your machine, make sure Miniconda’s Python is the default python for your user

  2. Execute the following command to install the missing packages:

    conda install -c conda-forge flask-admin flask-wtf markdown folium pymysql logbook pandas pytables pip xarray
    conda install -c conda-forge obspy
    conda install -c conda-forge msnoise
  3. Prepare a portable database server:

    • The following instructions are for MariaDB similar to, but can be replicated easily for postgresql.

    • Download the zip/tarball version of MariaDB portable (MariaDBs)

    • Extract the zip/tarball in a folder and open a console into the folder:

    • Navigate to the bin/ directory (Windows) or scripts/ directory (Linux)

    • execute the mariadb-install-db.exe (Windows) or mariadb-install-db (Linux)

    • test the server by running the bin/mysqld --console command, you should see the server starting.

    • Keep the server running for now (later you’ll use CTRL-C to kill the server)

  4. Create a database:

    • In a new (!!) console (so keep the server running in the other console)

    • Go to the bin/ directory and execute mysqladmin -u root  flush-privileges password "SECRET" where SECRET is a password (not very important to make it secure here)

    • test the connection with mysql -u root -p where you should be prompted for the password

    • the prompt should look like MariaDB [(none)]> now.

    • execute the command CREATE DATABASE msnoise; (the ; semicolumn is important)

    • List the databases with SHOW DATABASES; which should show the native MariaDB dbs, and our msnoise db.

    • From here, we can continue using the root user, or create a msnoise user, but this is not essential (see for instructions.

    • Close the connection by executing the quit; command.

  5. Check which required packages you are still missing by executing the msnoise utils bugreport command. (See Testing the Dependencies)

  6. To be sure all is running OK, one could start the msnoise utils test command. This will start the standard MSNoise test suite, which should end with a “Ran xx tests in yy seconds : OK”.

  7. Proceed to the Project Initialization description to start MSNoise!

Done !

Database Structure - Tables

MSNoise will create the tables automatically upon running the installer script (see Project Initialization).

Building this documentation

To build this documentation, some modules are required:

conda install -c conda-forge "sphinx<6" sphinx_bootstrap_theme numpydoc sphinx-gallery
pip install "sphinx_rtd_theme>1"
pip install pillow==9.0.0

Then, this should simply work:

make html

it will create a .build folder containing the documentation.

You can also build the doc to Latex and then use your favorite Latex-to-PDF tool.

Using the development version

This is not recommended, but users willing to test the latest development (hopefully stable) version of MSNoise can:

pip uninstall msnoise
pip install

Please note this version most probably uses the very latest version of every package: Release versions of numpy, scipy, etc obtained from conda-forge and “master” version of obspy. The development version (master) of obspy can be installed from github: (warning regular Windows users, you might not be able to build the obspy package)

pip uninstall obspy
pip install

If you are using the master version, please use the issue tracker of github to communicate about bugs and not the mailing list, preferably used for Releases.