OpenSource RS/GIS Software

Most widely used open source applications:

* GRASS – Originally developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, open source: a complete GIS
* MapServer – Web-based mapping server, developed by the University of Minnesota.

Other open source RS/GIS applications:

A) Desktop RS/GIS:
* SAGA GIS – System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses- a hybrid GIS software. SAGA has a unique Application Programming Interface (API) and a fast growing set of geoscientifc methods, bundled in exchangeable Module Libraries.
* Quantum GIS – QGIS is a user friendly Open Source GIS that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows.
* MapWindow GIS – Free, open source GIS desktop application and programming component.
* ILWIS – ILWIS (Integrated Land and Water Information System) integrates image, vector and thematic data.
* Optics – Opticks is an open source remote sensing application and development framework
* uDig
* gvSIG – Open source GIS written in Java.
* JUMP GIS – Java Unified Mapping Platform.
* GRASS – Originally developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, open source: a complete GIS

B) Other GIS tools:

* FIST – FIST (Flexible Internet Spatial Template)is a MapServer/PHP framework with several advanced functions, optionally use PostGIS in the backend so your users can edit and save shapes and attributes.
* Chameleon – Environments for building applications with MapServer.
* GeoNetwork opensource – A catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources
* GeoTools – Open source GIS toolkit written in Java, using Open Geospatial Consortium specifications.
* OpenMap
* MapGuide Open Source – Web-based mapping server.
* OpenLayers – open source AJAX library for accessing geographic data layers of all kinds, originally developed and sponsored by MetaCarta
* PostGIS – Spatial extensions for the open source PostgreSQL database, allowing geospatial queries.
* TerraView – GIS desktop that handles vector and raster data stored in a relational or geo-relational database.
* Xastir A special purpose Open Source GIS application used as an APRS client by Amateur radio operators, written in C for X Window environments.



  1. dear fatwa.

    i’ve try several softwares. do you have cygwin. for this i’have tried to download them (even the server location is near here- for god shake it’s hard and always fail. so i still can’ t use grass.

    if you have would you like to share it.

    regards and salam ukhuwah


  2. Dear yogienfath,

    So, do I. I got that problem to.
    Insyaallah I’ll try to ask my friend at ITB to solve this problem..

    Warm regards and salam ukhuwah to.

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