Create bulletins from SCML.


scbulletin transforms the parameters of events or origins either to various formats. Currently supported output formats are:

  • autoloc1,

  • autoloc3,

  • fdsnws,

  • kml.

Input Modes

Two modes of parameter input are possible:

  1. Dump mode: Fetch all necessary information from database directly. Either choose one or more event or origin IDs. The database connection must be given with -o.

  2. Input mode: Provide all event and origin information in XML (SCML) format from file or stdin. You may filter further by event or origin ID.

If event IDs are given, the preferred origin will be derived and used for printing information.


Events and origins are referred to by their public IDs. They can be provided by scevtls and scorgls, respectively, from graphical tools like scolv or by database queries supported by scquery. XML files can be generated by scxmldump or from other formats by sccnv.

Output Modes

The generated content is written to stdout or, with option -o to a file. Different output formats are available by command-line options:

  • -1 for autoloc1: Print one bulletin per event.

  • -3 for autoloc3: Print one bulletin per event.

  • -3 -x for extended autoloc3.

  • -4 or --fdsnws for FDSNWS event text: Print one line per event. Useful for generating event catalogs. This option offers an alternative to generating event catalogs by fdsnws-event.

  • -5 or --kml for KML/GIS file format. The output can be viewed, e.g., in Google Earth.

By default, the output precision of times or coordinates is optimized for events at teleseismic or regional distances. Use the option -e for enhanced output at higher precision: All times and distances are in units of milliseconds and meters, respectively.


  1. Create a bulletin from one or multiple event(s) in database

    scbulletin -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp -E gfz2012abcd
    scbulletin -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp -E gfz2012abcd,gfz2022abcd
  2. Convert XML file to bulletin

    scbulletin -i gfz2012abcd.xml
    cat gfz2012abcd.xml | scbulletin
    scbulletin < gfz2012abcd.xml
  3. Convert XML file to bulletin but filter by event ID(s)

    scbulletin -i gfz2012abcd.xml -E gempa2022abcd
    scbulletin -i gfz2012abcd.xml -E gempa2022abcd,gfz2022abcd


When considering a single event XML file containing many events, the bulletins of all events will be generated unless --first-only is used.

Module Configuration


scbulletin inherits global options.

Command-Line Options

scbulletin [options]


-h, --help

Show help message.

-V, --version

Show version information.

--config-file arg

Use alternative configuration file. When this option is used the loading of all stages is disabled. Only the given configuration file is parsed and used. To use another name for the configuration create a symbolic link of the application or copy it. Example: scautopick -> scautopick2.

--plugins arg

Load given plugins.

-D, --daemon

Run as daemon. This means the application will fork itself and doesn’t need to be started with &.

--auto-shutdown arg

Enable/disable self-shutdown because a master module shutdown. This only works when messaging is enabled and the master module sends a shutdown message (enabled with --start-stop-msg for the master module).

--shutdown-master-module arg

Set the name of the master-module used for auto-shutdown. This is the application name of the module actually started. If symlinks are used, then it is the name of the symlinked application.

--shutdown-master-username arg

Set the name of the master-username of the messaging used for auto-shutdown. If "shutdown-master-module" is given as well, this parameter is ignored.


--verbosity arg

Verbosity level [0..4]. 0:quiet, 1:error, 2:warning, 3:info, 4:debug.

-v, --v

Increase verbosity level (may be repeated, eg. -vv).

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode: no logging output.

--component arg

Limit the logging to a certain component. This option can be given more than once.

-s, --syslog

Use syslog logging backend. The output usually goes to /var/lib/messages.

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Execute in debug mode. Equivalent to --verbosity=4 --console=1 .

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.



List all supported database drivers.

-d, --database arg

The database connection string, format: service://user:pwd@host/database. "service" is the name of the database driver which can be queried with "--db-driver-list".

--config-module arg

The config module to use.

--inventory-db arg

Load the inventory from the given database or file, format: [service://]location .


Do not use the database at all


-f, --format arg

Input format to use (xml [default], zxml (zipped xml), binary).

-i, --input arg

The input file. Default is stdin.


-E, --event arg

ID of event(s) that is read from database and transformed into a bulletin. Separate multiple IDs by comma."

-O, --origin arg

ID of origin(s) that is read from database and transformed into a bulletin. Separate multiple IDs by comma.


Use the agency ID of the event instead of the preferred origin.


Convert only the first event/origin to bulletin. Otherwise all events or origins will be converted to single bulletins which will be concatenated.

-p, --polarities

Dump onset polarities.

-w, --weight arg

Weight threshold for printed and counted picks.

-x, --extra

Use a specially detailed autoloc3 format. This options works only in combination with the autoloc3-flag.


-1, --autoloc1

Format: Use autoloc1 format for output. This is default.

-3, --autoloc3

Format: Use autoloc3 format for output.

-4, --fdsnws

Format: FDSNWS event text, e.g., for generating catalogs.

-5, --kml

Format: KML. GIS file format.

-e, --enhanced

Enhanced output with higher precision. Times: milliseconds, distances: meter. Use for bulletins of local earthquakes.

-k, --dist-in-km

Print distances in km instead of degree.

-o, --output

Name of output file. If not given, all event parameters are printed to stdout.

-x, --extra

Use a specially detailed autoloc3 format. This options works only in combination with the autoloc3-flag.