Software download and FAQ

OCTOPUS is a multi-format Checker, Converter and Splitter tool.


  • OCTOPUS converts files in a given SeaDataNet format to another SeaDataNet format (e.g.: ODV to netCDF, netCDF to ODV, MedAtlas to NetCDF, MedAtlas to ODV)
  • OCTOPUS has also additional functions such as:
    • Split a multi-station SeaDataNet file into mono-station SeaDataNet files
    • Extract station(s) from SeaDataNet files
    • Convert MGD v81 and v98 to SeaDataNet ODV  files

The following conversions are handled by OCTOPUS:

The Octopus software interface is bilingual (English/French) and the software is fit for use on several platforms (Windows 64 and 32 bits, Linux 32 and 64 bits).

OCTOPUS version 1.4.0

  • Adds-on
    • New format conversion: SDN netCDF to SDN ODV
    • New SDN netCDF format checker
    • Improvement of SDN ODV format checker
    • Batch mode available for format checkers
    • Add creation info in the output file: “Generated by Octopus <version> <date>
    • Automatic default output file name and extension
    • If running a previous version of OCTOPUS, user receives a warning
    • Check CSR references with CSR catalogue
    • Documentation updated with procedures to follow for proxy configuration and for launching in batch mode, on a server without a graphical interface
  • Bug corrections
    • MedAtlas checker: No more checks on the max length (80) of comment lines
    • Management of wrong RECORD LINES values in MedAtlas files
    • Fix contextual menu contrast for visibility (right click)
    • netCDF generation: update unit attribute if P06 unit is deprecated and replaced by another one

See OCTOPUS presentation (the presentation was done in May 2017, on OCTOPUS  version 1.2):

and corresponding video.