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Contributing to the yt Blog!

Contributing to the yt Blog!

Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

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Do you have:

  • A new feature that you think is interesting?
  • A way that you use yt that you think others would like?
  • A tutorial on how to replicate your analysis?
  • A neat application for yt?

Consider contributing to the blog! Here’s how to do it!

yt workshop 2012 - a success!

yt workshop 2012 - a success!

Monday, Jan 30, 2012

@ Matthew Turk

The yt workshop last week in Chicago ( ) was an enormous success. On behalf of the organizing and technical committees, I’d like to specifically thank the FLASH Center, particularly Don Lamb, Mila Kuntu, Carrie Eder, for their hospitality; the venue was outstanding and their hospitality touching. Additionally, we’re very grateful to the Adler Planetarium’s Doug Roberts and Mark SubbaRao for hosting us on Wednesday evening – seeing the planetarium show as well as volume renderings made by yt users up on the dome was so much fun.
Google+ Page for yt

Google+ Page for yt

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011

@ Matthew Turk

yt now has a Google Plus page. Here’s we’ll post smaller, less blog-worthy items, hold video conferencing ‘hangouts’, and so on. Encircle away! And if you post something you’d like to be reshared, just be sure to explicitly share it with ‘+yt’ so we know.
Announcing the 2012 yt Workshop

Announcing the 2012 yt Workshop

Monday, Oct 3, 2011

@ Matthew Turk

I’m pleased to announce the 2012 yt Workshop at the FLASH Center in Chicago, January 24-26. The workshop will be aimed at both users and developers of yt. We will begin with intensive user training, moving from basic usage to advanced and parallel usage. Users are encouraged to bring their ideas and prototypes for new analysis routines as there will be opportunities to work with more experienced developers. We will then address to how to modify, extend and contribute to yt, and transition to a developers workshop.
We're now the yt Project!

We're now the yt Project!

Monday, Aug 22, 2011

@ Matthew Turk

This is just a brief blog entry – other news is on the way soon! – to let everyone know we’ve updated our domains. In keeping with the change in focus of the yt project, expanding to work with multiple codes and take broader views of analysis and visualization, we have moved from to Some other exciting changes will be coming from this in the future, too! For more info, see the mailing list announcement.
A mission statement and a new homepage!

A mission statement and a new homepage!

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

@ Matthew Turk

In case you haven’t visited our front page lately, the yt homepage has been redesigned! The old homepage was nice and functional, but it tried to cram too much into too small a place. The new homepage focuses on the three main questions people have when they go to the yt page: ‘How do I get it?’, ‘How do I use it?’, and ‘How do I participate?’ The new page is focused on some concrete examples, some quantitative analysis, and features a heavy dosage of the yt community – in fact, the redesign came about through a conversation in IRC, where a few of the core developers were speculating about how best to convey how to participate and how strong a community yt has.

yt extension modules

yt has many extension packages to help you in your scientific workflow! Check these out, or create your own.


ytini is set of tools and tutorials for using yt as a tool inside the 3D visual effects software Houdini or a data pre-processor externally to Houdini.


Trident is a full-featured tool that projects arbitrary sightlines through astrophysical hydrodynamics simulations for generating mock spectral observations of the IGM and CGM.


pyXSIM is a Python package for simulating X-ray observations from astrophysical sources.


Analyze merger tree data from multiple sources. It’s yt for merger trees!


yt_idv is a package for interactive volume rendering with yt! It provides interactive visualization using OpenGL for datasets loaded in yt. It is written to provide both scripting and interactive access.


widgyts is a jupyter widgets extension for yt, backed by rust/webassembly to allow for browser-based, interactive exploration of data from yt.


yt_astro_analysis is the yt extension package for astrophysical analysis.

Make your own!!

Finally, check out our development docs on writing your own yt extensions!

Contributing to the Blog

Are you interested in contributing to the yt blog?

Check out our post on contributing to the blog for a guide!

We welcome contributions from all members of the yt community. Feel free to reach out if you need any help.

the yt data hub

The yt hub at has a ton of resources to check out, whether you have yt installed or not.

The collections host all sorts of data that can be loaded with yt. Some have been used in publications, and others are used as sample frontend data for yt. Maybe there’s data from your simulation software?

The rafts host the yt quickstart notebooks, where you can interact with yt in the browser, without needing to install it locally. Check out some of the other rafts too, like the widgyts release notebooks – a demo of the widgyts yt extension pacakge; or the notebooks from the CCA workshop – a user’s workshop on using yt.

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