List of geographic information systems software


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.

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.

Desktop GIS

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

gvSIG 1.0
Capaware rc1 0.1
SAGA-GIS v. 2.0.3
Whitebox GAT 1.0.2
IDRISI Taiga 16.05


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)

Cataloging application for spatially referenced resources

Other GIS tools - unclassified

Notable commercial or proprietary GIS software

Desktop GIS provider

Note: Almost all of the below companies offer Desktop GIS and WebMap Server products. Some offer Spatial DBMS products as well.

Companies with High Market Share

Companies with Minor but Notable Market Share

Spatial DBMS

Spatial ETL Tools

See also


  1. ^ a b "GIS Software - A description in 1000 words", S. Steiniger and R. Weibel
  2. ^ "Open Source GIS History - OSGeo Wiki Editors". Retrieved 2009-Mar-21.
  3. ^ a b "An Overview on Current Free and Open Source Desktop GIS Developments - Steiniger and Bocher". Retrieved 2011-Aug-05.
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