Real-time trace view.


scrttv visualizes real-time waveform data (see scrttv overview) of a defined window length (default=30 minutes) and of defined streams/stations (default is primary station channels). scrttv switches between two modi. In the normal mode the trace order is given by the configuration file. In the event mode the traces are sorted by epicentral distance to the latest origin received from the messaging. Additional to the waveform traces information about gaps, picks and the time of incoming origins are displayed.


scrttv overview

An example of scrttv and the dialog window to set preliminary origin. Tab 1-2 = enable/disable tab; Counts = maximum counts of a stream; Info = stream information (station, network and channel code); Filter = filter status of the traces; Status = connection status.

scrttv shows two tabs: the enabled and the disabled tab (see scrttv overview: Tab 1-2). Stations listed in the disabled tab are excluded from processing (e.g. picking). To move a station from one tab to another just drag and drop the trace to the new tab. An alternative solution is to double click on the trace label to disable a trace.

Normally, the raw data are displayed. Pressing f the predefined bandpass filter of third order from 0.5 Hz to 10 Hz, BW(3,0.5,10) is applied to the traces. Also zoom functions for the time and amplitude axis are provided.


artifical origin

In case the operator recognizes several seismic signals, an artificial/preliminary origin can be set by either pressing the middle mouse button on a trace or by opening the context menu (right mouse button) on a trace and selecting “Create artificial origin”. The following pop-up window show the coordinates of the trace and the time the click was made on the trace. Pressing “Send” sends this origin to the LOCATION group. This artificial origin is received e.g. by scolv and enables an immediate manual analysis of the closest traces.


scrttv allows filtering of waveforms. The hotkey f can be used to toggle the list of filters pre-defined in filters. Note that the list of filters defined in filters overwrites filter. Activate autoApplyFilter to filter all traces at start-up of scrttv with the first filter defined in filters.


Hotkey Description
F2 Setup connection dialog
F11 Toggle fullscreen
f Toggle filter
r Toggle all records
z Toggle zoom
up Line up
down Line down
PgUp Page up
PgDn Page down
Alt+PgUp To top
Alt+PgDn To bottom
left Scroll left
right Scroll right
Ctrl+left Align left
Ctrl+right Align right
Alt+q Quit
1 Restore configuration order of traces
2 Sort traces by distance
3 Sort traces by station code
4 Sort traces by network-station code
< Horizontal zoom-in
> Horizontal zoom-out
y Vertical zoom-out
Shift+y Vertical zoom-in
n Set default display



scrttv inherits global options.


Type: int

Unit: s

If greater than 0 then all traces for which the data latency is higher than this value are hidden. Default is 0.


Type: boolean

If enabled then all traces are sorted by distance when a new origin arrives. Default is true.


Type: boolean

If enabled, picks are shown. Default is true.


Type: string

Defines the filter to be used when filtering is activated. This is only being used if filters is not set otherwise it is overridden. This option is mainly for backward compatibility. Default is BW(3, 0.5, 10.0).


Type: list:string

Defines a list of filters that is cycles through when pressing ‘f’. This options supersedes the filter option. If not defined then filter is used instead. If defined then this filter list is used exclusively and the filter option is ignored.


Type: boolean

Activates the first filter of the configured filter list after startup. This is equivalent to pressing ‘f’. Default is false.


Type: int

Unit: s

Defines the buffer size in seconds of the ring bu of each trace. Default is 1800.


Type: boolean

If set to true all traces will be visible on application startup independent of data availability. Default is false.


Type: int

Unit: s

Time span in seconds to switch back to the last view after an origin caused resorting. The default is 15min. Default is 900.

Type: list:string

Defines a list of channels codes (ex : PF.BON.00.HHZ) to be displayed. Each list item can contain wildcards at any position and the given list is intersected with all channels configured in inventory.


Type: list:string

If not empty then all stream patterns are part of the blacklist. The blacklist is only active if “” is omitted and the default stream list according to the bindings is to be shown. Each pattern can include wildcards (either ? or *). The pattern is checked against the channel id which is a concatenation of network code, station code, location code and channel code separated with a dot, e.g. “GE.MORC..BHZ”.


Type: integer

Number of rows to show at once in one windows. If more traces than rows are loaded, the are accessible by a scroll bar.


streams.sort.* Configures an initial location (latitude, longitude) to be used for sorting the traces.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Latitude of the initial location.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Longitude of the initial location.


streams.region.* Defines a region used for clipping requested stations.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Minimum longitude.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Maximum longitude.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Minimum latitude.


Type: double

Unit: deg

Maximum latitude.



-h, --help

show help message.

-V, --version

show version information

--config-file arg

Use alternative configuration file. When this option is used the loading of all stages is disabled. Only the given configuration file is parsed and used. To use another name for the configuration create a symbolic link of the application or copy it, eg scautopick -> scautopick2.

--plugins arg

Load given plugins.

-D, --daemon

Run as daemon. This means the application will fork itself and doesn’t need to be started with &.

--auto-shutdown arg

Enable/disable self-shutdown because a master module shutdown. This only works when messaging is enabled and the master module sends a shutdown message (enabled with –start-stop-msg for the master module).

--shutdown-master-module arg

Sets the name of the master-module used for auto-shutdown. This is the application name of the module actually started. If symlinks are used then it is the name of the symlinked application.

--shutdown-master-username arg

Sets the name of the master-username of the messaging used for auto-shutdown. If “shutdown-master-module” is given as well this parameter is ignored.


--verbosity arg

Verbosity level [0..4]. 0:quiet, 1:error, 2:warning, 3:info, 4:debug

-v, --v

Increase verbosity level (may be repeated, eg. -vv)

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode: no logging output

--component arg

Limits the logging to a certain component. This option can be given more than once.

-s, --syslog

Use syslog logging back end. The output usually goes to /var/lib/messages.

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Debug mode: –verbosity=4 –console=1

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.


-u, --user arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.username.

-H, --host arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.server.

-t, --timeout arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.timeout.

-g, --primary-group arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.primaryGroup.

-S, --subscribe-group arg

A group to subscribe to. This option can be given more than once.

--encoding arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.encoding.

--start-stop-msg arg

Sets sending of a start- and a stop message.



List all supported database drivers.

-d, --database arg

The database connection string, format: service://user:pwd@host/database. “service” is the name of the database driver which can be queried with “–db-driver-list”.

--config-module arg

The configmodule to use.

--inventory-db arg

Load the inventory from the given database or file, format: [service://]location


Do not use the database at all



List all supported record stream drivers

-I, --record-url arg

The recordstream source URL, format: [service://]location[#type]. “service” is the name of the recordstream driver which can be queried with “–record-driver-list”. If “service” is not given “file://” is used.

--record-file arg

Specify a file as record source.

--record-type arg

Specify a type for the records being read.


--filter arg

Overrides configuration parameter filter.


Do not connect to a messaging server and do not use the database.


Do not read streams from inventory but display all streams available from the specified record source. This option may be combined with the parameter to filter the available streams.

--end-time arg

Set the acquisition end time, e.g. ‘2017-09-08 13:30:00’, default: ‘gmt’

--buffer-size arg

Sets the size of the waveform buffer in seconds, default: 1800

--max-delay arg

The maximum delay in seconds to keep a trace visible (0 to disable)


Overrides configuration parameter allTracesInitiallyVisible.


Don’t ask for time window at data server. This might be important if e.g. Seedlink does not allow time window extraction.