List of GIS software

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GIS software encompasses a broad range of applications, all of which involve the use of some combination of digital maps and georeferenced data. GIS software can be sorted into different categories[1]. Below is a list of notable GIS software applications. Please update the listing of software below with respect to the different categories.


[edit] Open source software

The development of open source GIS software has - in terms of software history - a long tradition[2] with the appearance of a first system in 1978. Numerous systems are nowadays available which cover all sectors of geospatial data handling.

[edit] Desktop GIS

The following open source desktop GIS projects are reviewed in Steiniger and Bocher (2008/9)[3]:

gvSIG 1.0
  • GRASS GIS – Originally developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, open source: a complete 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.
  • uDig
  • gvSIG – Open source GIS written in Java.
  • JUMP GIS / OpenJUMP – (Open) Java Unified Mapping Platform (the desktop GIS OpenJUMP, SkyJUMP, deeJUMP and Kosmo emerged from JUMP; see [3])


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SAGA-GIS v. 2.0.3
  • Kalypso (software) – Kalypso is an Open Source GIS (Java, GML3) and focuses mainly on numerical simulations in water management.
  • TerraView – GIS desktop that handles vector and raster data stored in a relational or geo-relational database, i.e. a frontend for TerraLib.
  • Capaware – Capaware is also an Open Source GIS, an incredible fast C++ 3D GIS Framework with a multiple plugin architecture for geographic graphical analysis and visualisation.

[edit] Other GIS tools - classified

Note, for different categories of GIS tools see GIS software and [1].

WebMap Server

Spatial Database Management Systems

Software Development Frameworks and Libraries (non-web)

Software Development Frameworks and Libraries (for web applications)

  • MapFish A web 2.0 mapping development framework.
  • OpenLayers – open source AJAX library for accessing geographic data layers of all kinds, originally developed and sponsored by MetaCarta
  • Geomajas – Open source web toolkit with full vectorial and attribute editing capabilities and support for complex relation models (1 to n, n to 1, inheritance, ...). Built on top of the Dojo AJAX framework.
  • GeoDjango a set of extensions to Django, an open source web content framework, allowing for easy portrayal of geospatial data inside a web portal

Cataloging application for spatially referenced resources

[edit] Other GIS tools - unclassified

  • 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.
  • MapPoint, a technology ("MapPoint Web Service," previously known as MapPoint .NET) and a specific software program created by Microsoft that allows users to view, edit and integrate maps.
  • OpenMap
  • Xastir A special purpose Open Source GIS application used as an APRS client by Amateur radio operators, written in C for X Window environments.
  • Gisgraphy Gisgraphy is a free and open source framework that provides full-text and find nearby places search services, for places on earth from several databases (geonames, openstreet map)

[edit] Notable commercial or proprietary GIS software

[edit] Desktop GIS provider

Note: Almost all of the below companies offer Desktop GIS and WebMap Server products. Some offer Spatial DBMS products as well. ToDo: rewrite, so that not products are mentioned but the product user groups i.e. application fields

[edit] Companies with High Market Share

[edit] Companies with Minor but Notable Market Share

[edit] Specialized Desktop GIS Providers

  • Axpand by Axes Systems - a software that includes automated generalization functions for cartographic production.
  • Clarity by 1Spatial - a software that includes automated generalization functions for cartographic production.
  • SavGIS : a free (but proprietary) and Desktop GIS available in 3 languages (English, French, Spanish) for Windows (XP, Vista), developed since 1984 by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, a French public research institute ;
  • [VISION MapMaker]— A GIS widely used by State and National governments in India.
  • Elshayal Smart— The First Arabian Geographic Information System (GIS) Software.

[edit] Spatial DBMS

[edit] Spatial ETL Tools

[edit] Other GIS software providers

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[edit] References

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