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The 4XMM-DR9 catalogue contains source detections drawn from 11204 XMM-Newton EPIC observations, covering an energy interval from 0.2 keV to 12 keV. These observations were made between 2000 February 3 and 2019 February 26 and all datasets were publicly available by 2019 December 18, 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 4XMM (Webb et al., submitted).

This research has made use of data obtained from the 4XMM 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 are already available in the IRAP catalogue server.

The cross-correlation products of potential counterparts at other wavelengths for 4XMM-DR9 are provided through the XCAT-DB and the IRAP catalogue server.

We also provide Multi-Order-Coverage maps (MOCs) for 4XMM-DR9. MOCs for individual observations in fits format can be downloaded here (identified through their OBSIDs). The MOC covering the whole of 4XMM-DR9 field is available here. Amongst other ways to use the MOCs, we recommend the python tool MOCpy. We also provide EPIC flux maps for each observation, where each point on the map provides the limiting flux for a source detected at 3 sigma in the 0.2-12.0 keV band (assuming a power law spectrum with a photon index of 1.42 and an nH of 1.7x1020 cm-2) here and rate maps here.
The following table gives an overview of the statistics of the catalogue in comparison with the 3XMM-DR8 catalogue.

  4XMM-DR9 3XMM-DR8 Increment
Number of observations 11204 10242 962
Number of 'clean' observations (i.e., observation class < 3) 9441 6496 2945
Observing interval 01-Feb-00 -- 26-Feb-19 03-Feb-00 -- 30-Nov-17 1.25 yr
Sky coverage, taking overlaps into account ( ≥  1ksec exposure) 1152 sq.deg 1089 sq.deg 63 sq.deg
Number of detections 810795 775153 35642
Number of 'clean' detections (i.e., summary flag < 3) 713966 633733 80233
Number of unique sources 550124 531454 18670
Number of 'cleanest' (summary flag = 0, not in high-background fields) extended detections 17295 12256 5039
Number of detections with spectra 288521 173277 115244
Number of detections with timeseries 288282 173208 115074
Number of detections where probability of timeseries being constant is  <  1  × 10-5 6696 5934 762

The median flux in the total photon energy band (0.2 - 12 keV) of the catalogue detections is ~ 2.3 × 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1; in the soft energy band (0.2 - 2 keV) the median flux is ~ 5.3 × 10-15, and in the hard band (2 - 12 keV) it is ~ 1.2 × 10-14. About 23% of the sources have total fluxes below 1 × 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1.

About a tenth 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 (both per source, based on the summary flag column, and per observation, based on the observation class column).


The 4XMM-DR9 catalogue, released on 2019 December 18th, is available in several formats:

Please read the Watchouts section before using the catalogues.

4XMM_DR9cat_v1.0.fits.gz FITS binary 762 MB MD5: 6ae3b64a9a3b69d47b2146b58caf2273 full binary catalogue; recommended for more in-depth studies (includes information of all detections)
4XMM_DR9cat_v1.0.csv.gz CSV 817 MB MD5: ed3272c1c46839c35a929903a87f6323 full ascii catalogue
4XMM_DR9cat_slim_v1.0.fits.gz FITS binary 74 MB MD5: 77665a3e7bf7a66ac4106ca3acce855f reduced binary catalogue, suited for studies of unique sources (individual detection information is not included)
4XMM_DR9cat_slim_v1.0.csv.gz CSV 83 MB MD5: 574d9635c550f55778361802e802d123 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 550124 rows. There are 45 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 4XMM-DR9 catalogue. See the list of observations for a description of the columns in the file.

4xmmdr9_obslist.fits FITS binary 1.3 MB MD5: 775a150e216bcbfde2ae1ac2140ef3cc Summary table of observations used in the catalogue


The User Guide for the 4XMM-DR9 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 3.2. The usage of IAUNAME is not recommended as its uniqueness is not enforced over the set of unique sources.

2) For 4XMM, the systematic error used when the poscorr correction fails (poscorrok=false) should be 1.82''. In the 4XMM-DR9 version, the systematic error used was error was 1.82/√(2). This causes 12% of detections to have an underestimated position error. The error should be on average 0.38'' (standard deviation 0.1'') larger than the error used. This will be corrected in version 4XMM-DR10.

Nomenclature and Citation

With the new 4XMM catalogue, IAU name nomenclature includes the designator, 4XMM. 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:"4XMM Jhhmmss.sSddmmss:detid". For the stacked catalogue it is:"4XMMs Jhhmmss.sSddmmss:detid"


The production of the 4XMM-DR9 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 4XMM-DR9 catalogue.