Alternatives to ArcGIS for all platforms with Open Source License

  • QGIS

    A fully featured, user friendly, open source Geographic Information System (GIS) with similar power to ArcGIS and MapInfo.

    • 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. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. caioccoApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • yes. because for linux this is the only option available. Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • u can do everything in qgis what u can do in ArcGIS but also in QGIS u have full acces to the source code and all is free Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Closest in terms of UI, and gets a lot of extra power from integration with other packages like Grass and orfeo. Guest • Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • QGIS can read geodatabases. The software is frequently updated and print composer is very good alternative to ArcGIS for map layouts. Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • QGIS doesn't have the imagery tools, templates, or 3D capabilities of ArcGIS. Nor does it have the mobile apps and online cloud capabilities. Guest • Mar 2017 • 0 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

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  • R (programming language)

    R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at...

    • 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. chtfnOct 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is an open source, free software (FOSS) Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological, vector...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • OpenLayers

    OpenLayers is a high-performance, feature-packed library for all your mapping needs. FEATURES Tiled Layers Pull tiles from OSM, Bing, MapBox, Stamen, MapQuest...

    Free Open Source Web Self-Hosted

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  • PostGIS

    PostGIS adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database. In effect, PostGIS "spatially enables" the PostgreSQL server...

    • 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. Guest • Jun 2015 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Mapserver

    MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web. Originally developed in the mid-1990’s at the...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • MapWindow GIS

    MapWindow is a fully free and open source geographic information system project. It includes an open source programming component, MapWinGIS ActiveX, and an extensible...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    SAGA - System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses - is a Geographic Information System (GIS) software with immense capabilities for geodata processing and analysis....

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • uDig

    uDig is a GIS software program produced by a community led by Canadian-based consulting company Refractions Research. It is based on the Eclipse platform and features...

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • OpenJUMP GIS

    OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language. It is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers from...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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