ArcGIS Alternatives

    ArcGIS is described as 'is geographic information system (GIS) software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data' and is an app in the Travel & Location category. There are more than 25 alternatives to ArcGIS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, the Web, Linux, Mac and Android. The most liked alternative is QGIS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like ArcGIS are R (programming language) (Free, Open Source), GRASS GIS (Free, Open Source), OpenLayers (Free, Open Source) and PostGIS (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Nov 5, 2020

    • A fully featured, user friendly, open source Geographic Information System (GIS) with similar power to ArcGIS and MapInfo.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to ArcGIS.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • BSD
      QGIS can read geodatabases. The software is frequently updated and print composer is very good alternative to ArcGIS for map layouts.
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      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 4 users agree

      The GUI is pretty simple and intuitive and it runs decent on windows (at least as fast as ArcMap), but on GNU/Linux it flies. And since the license is GPL you can use it for different purposes (from educational to research or commercial) without worrying for a sue.
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      Positive comment 10 months ago

      QGIS runs on multiple platforms, has a strong community and is becoming more and more mature. You can do almost everything using QGIS and it integrates very well with GRASS and SAGA for additional power.
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    • R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Even though this programming language is not specific to spatial data, the vast collection of R packages available for importing, processing, analysing, converting and visualising spatial makes it an excellent alternative that can create fully reproducible processes. Searching "R Spatial" online will bring up a wealth of books, tutorials and resources.
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      Positive comment 4 months ago



    • GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is an open source, free software (FOSS) Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological, vector, image...
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to ArcGIS.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • OpenLayers is a high-performance, feature-packed library for all your mapping needs.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
    • PostGIS adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      While PostGIS can collect GIS data, its primary functionality is that of a database and doesn't provide most of the feature set that ArcGIS has.
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      Negative comment over 5 years ago 4 users agree

    • MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Geocoding system for the simple communication of locations with a resolution of 3 m.
      • Free
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
    • gvSIG is a Geographic Information System (GIS), that is, a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic...
      • Free
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • MapWindow is a fully free and open source geographic information system project.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
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