Not a bug

SIMBAD search results

Andy Pollock 2 years ago updated by Deborah Baines 2 years ago 5

On clicking the SIMBAD search icon, in my case under a Gaia DR3 source, the result is unexpectedly downloaded in a text file called "simbad.txt" rather than displayed in a new browser window as used to be the case and is still so with all the other icons NED et al.

Not a bug

I'm glad we found it, and glad it wasn't an ESASky bug in the end!

Many thanks for contacting us!

Best regards,


Ha ! That's it.

I also use SIMBAD all the time and was playing around with something else a couple of days ago. I was not aware that SIMBAD choices apply browser wide.

Good detective work !



Hi Andy,

Could it be your SIMBAD output format options here? : https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-fout 

Do you have the file output selected? 

Can you also test from this direct link, does it also download a file? : https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-coo?&Coord=261.181980788827d-34.194661067092d&CooFrame=FK5&Radius=2&Radius.unit=arcmin"

Many thanks,


Hi Debbie,

Good to hear from you.

Here are more details of what's still happening after an ESASky restart as I have it open all day and every day:

  • macOS Monterey Version 12.6
    • Google Chrome Version 107.0.5304.87 (Official Build) (x86_64)
      • Gaia DR3 Gaia DR3 5976057078073012224 near HD 319718

Downloaded text files here.

simbad (1).txt
simbad (2).txt
simbad (3).txt 


Under review

Dear Andy,

Good to hear from you, but sorry you're experiencing a bug! We don't seem to be able to reproduce this, trying a number of browsers and operating systems. Can you tell us which Gaia source you're trying and with which browser, browser version and Operating System you're using? 

Many thanks and regards,