Language/Format: C
Application type(s): Data Conversion
Related project(s): MSG


converts a FIS file (FORMAT IMAGE STANDARD, .fis extension) into a RAW file

The FIS format is one of the numerous formats in which MSG (METEOSAT SECOND GENERATION) data are provided. In order to let the user read easily the content of such files without bothering with a new format, fis2raw converts it into a simple raw file (a simple binary array of values with no header).


  • unfortunately, at the author's knowledge, the FIS format does not provide information about the signed or unsigned nature of the values, so you will have to figure it out by yourself.


fis2raw [-v]  <fis_file>
    <fis_file> an MSG file in FIS format [REQUIRED]
    -v: makes fis2raw display the number of values in the output raw file and the size in bytes of each value


Source can be downloaded here :


Package can be browsed here :




  • a C compiler


Build the application by running

> make all

If successfull, the fis2raw tool will be situed in the root directory.


Copyright (C) 2006 Icare -

Fabrice Ducos,

This program is a free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the CeCILL Public License as published by (License version 2 or later).

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the CeCILL Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the CeCILL Public License along with this program; if not, please contact

For any questions or concerns regarding this program, or general information about the ICARE Project, please email to

Author(s): Fabrice Ducos (ICARE - LOA - Univ. of Lille)