To run SkyView on your machine you can just download one file, the SkyView JAR (or Java 1.5 compatible), to get started.
The SkyView JAR is executable so that you can use it immediately, e.g., try
java -jar skyview.jar survey=dss position=3c273after you download the file. This should generate a file output.fits with the an image of 3C273 from the Digitized Sky Survey.
You will need a recent version of Java at least V1.6 or (sometimes called Java 6) depending upon whether whether you are talking about the development environment or language. The 1.5 link can be used if you have only Java 1.5/5 but may not have the latest features. You can find releases for most platforms at Oracle's Java Web site
This application supports the functionality of the SkyView Web pages for generating files. It includes almost all the surveys available through the standard SkyView web interface (the one current exception is the Mellinger low-resolution optical survey). You can generate FITS and graphic images. The program lets you treat your own files as surveys and you can add other surveys linking tp external data you might be interested in. It is especially easy to add a survey when the data is available through the Virtual Observatory Simple Image Access protocol.
SkyView has been developed with generous support from the NASA AISR and ADP programs (P.I. Thomas A. McGlynn) under the auspices of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) at the NASA/ GSFC Astrophysics Science Division.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of NASA and contributors of SkyView surveys.