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The 3XMM-DR6 catalogue contains source detections drawn from 9160 XMM-Newton EPIC observations, covering an energy interval from 0.2 keV to 12 keV. These observations were made between 2000 February 3 and 2015 June 4 and all datasets were publicly available by 2016 January 31, but not all public observations are included in this catalogue (see below for more information).

Should you use the catalogue for your research and publish the results, please use the acknowledgement below and cite the paper describing 3XMM (Rosen, Webb, Watson et al., 2016, A&A, 590, 1).

This research has made use of data obtained from the 3XMM XMM-Newton serendipitous source catalogue compiled by the 10 institutes of the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre selected by ESA.

As well as the fits and csv formats of the catalogue distributed below, the following Web-based user interfaces will allow filtering and searching of the catalogue (and give access to all or selected associated data products):

The SSC Catalogue Home Page (this page), XSA, and HEASARC allow download of the catalogue file in (binary) FITS. Summary pages and products will be available shortly through LEDAS, but are already available in the IRAP catalogue server.

The cross-correlation products of potential counterparts at other wavelengths for 3XMM-DR6 are provided through the XCAT-DB and the IRAP catalogue server.

The following table gives an overview of the statistics of the catalogue in comparison with the 3XMM-DR4 catalogue.

  3XMM-DR6 3XMM-DR5 Increment
Number of observations 9160 7781 1379
Number of 'clean' observations (i.e., observation class < 3) 5947 4735 1212
Observing interval 03-Feb-00 -- 04-Jun-15 03-Feb-00 -- 20-Dec-13 2.5 yr
Sky coverage, taking overlaps into account ( ≥  1ksec exposure) 982 sq.deg 877 sq.deg 105 sq.deg
Number of detections 678680 565962 112718
Number of 'clean' detections (i.e., summary flag < 3) 552991 456904 96087
Number of unique sources 468440 396910 71530
Number of 'cleanest' (summary flag = 0, not in high-background fields) extended detections 11066 9082 1984
Number of detections with spectra 149968 133032 16936
Number of detections with timeseries 149968 133025 16943
Number of detections where probability of timeseries being constant is  <  1  × 10-5 5238 4668 570

The median flux in the total photon energy band (0.2 - 12 keV) of the catalogue detections is ~ 2.4 × 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1; in the soft energy band (0.2 - 2 keV) the median flux is ~ 5.7 × 10-15, and in the hard band (2 - 12 keV) it is ~ 1.3 × 10-14. About 20% of the sources have total fluxes below 1 × 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1.

About a fifth of the observations have features that may cause spurious detections (mainly the wings of bright sources and large extended emission), and it is strongly recommended to use a filter (either per source, based on the summary flag column, or per observation, based on the observation class column).


The 3XMM-DR6 catalogue, released on 2016 July 5th, is available in several formats:

Please read the Watchouts section before using the catalogues.

3XMM_DR6cat_v1.0.fits.gz FITS binary 567 MB MD5: 1265617179ac1142cfd1a178054c0ea7 full binary catalogue; recommended for more in-depth studies (includes information of all detections)
3XMM_DR6cat_v1.0.csv.gz CSV 616 MB MD5: 3aa6d7df644d3ddb407bc837933d0dc8 full ascii catalogue
3XMM_DR6cat_slim_v1.0.fits.gz FITS binary 61 MB MD5: 9eeefc76434e26635177346746c98b23 reduced binary catalogue, suited for studies of unique sources (individual detection information is not included)
3XMM_DR6cat_slim_v1.0.csv.gz CSV 68 MB MD5: 0404c7ec15a0b36a75e795ec7eff848c reduced ascii catalogue

For convenience, there are suitable SQL CREATE statements available for use with a relational DBMS in order to load the data in CSV format:

The CSV file has nulls represented by two successive commas, compatible with Postgres and (probably) other DBMS.

The slimline version of the catalogue contains one row per unique source (while the the main catalogue has one row per detection) and thus has 468440 rows. There are 44 columns, essentially those containing information about the unique sources. The catalogue also contains a column with links to the IRAP catalogue server summary pages. In the case of sources with multiple detections the summary page of the best detection is selected (i.e., the detection with the largest exposure time, summed over all cameras), and the summary page gives cross-links to the other detections.

A separate file is also provided (table below) which contains key details about the observations used in the construction of the 3XMM-DR4 catalogue. See the list of observations for a description of the columns in the file.

3xmmdr6_obslist.fits FITS binary 0.9 MB MD5: 8fc92d526c53235af280324a3fd6d84f Summary table of observations used in the catalogue


The User Guide for the 3XMM-DR6 catalogue contains details of the catalogue production process and content. Here are quick links to


1) Please use SRCID and DETID columns only for the source and detection identification as these are the only columns that will persist in future versions of the catalogue, see the user guide, section 3.4. The usage of IAUNAME is not recommended as its uniqueness is not enforced over the set of unique sources.

2) Some mosaic-mode observations were incorrectly split in to sub-pointings in previous 3XMM versions. Mosaic mode data has been reprocessed for inclusion in 3XMM-DR6, which should rectify previous problems. The observations for these reprocessed mosaic mode data are included in this list which also includes other observations that failed processing for previous versions of the catalogue. Mosaic mode observations are no longer included using the parent observation, but are now present as child observations.

3) A total of 36 DETID numbers and 355 SRCID numbers listed in 3XMM-DR5 are absent in 3XMM-DR6. Details and explanations can be found in Sec. 3.4 of the user guide.

Nomenclature and Citation

With the new 3XMM catalogue, IAU name nomenclature includes the designator, 3XMM. The IAU name is provided in the catalogue. The correct, full nomenclature for a specific detection from the catalogues is the IAU name, followed by a colon and the detection identification number, that is:"3XMM Jhhmmss.sSddmmss:detid".


The production of the 3XMM-DR6 catalogue is a collaborative project involving the whole XMM-Newton SSC Consortium:

The SSC team are grateful to the XMM-Newton SOC for their support in the catalogue production activities.

The SSC acknowledges the use of the TOPCAT and STILTS software packages (written by Mark Taylor, University of Bristol) in the production and testing of the 3XMM-DR6 catalogue.