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ArcGIS Alternatives for Linux

ArcGIS is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is QGIS, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to ArcGIS and 13 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to ArcGIS are R (programming language), GRASS GIS, PostGIS and SAGA GIS.

ArcGIS alternatives are mainly GIS Software but may also be Map Services or Programming Languages. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of ArcGIS.
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  1. QGIS icon

    QGIS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD

    QGIS, formerly Quantum GIS, is a user friendly open source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

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    powerfull, stable, userfriendly, beautiful rendering and free.

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    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

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    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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    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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    yes. because for linux this is the only option available.

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    Closest in terms of UI, and gets a lot of extra power from integration with other packages like Grass and orfeo.

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    Free with same functionality.

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  2. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingR (programming language) supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    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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    GRASS GIS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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    Almost everyone thinks GRASS GIS is a great alternative to ArcGIS.
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    PostGIS

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD

    PostGIS adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database.

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    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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    SAGA GIS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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    Mapserver

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web.

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    gvSIG Desktop

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
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    • Linux

    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 information in order to solve complex management and planning problems.

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    BsmartGIS

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    • Online
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    bSmart GIS is a web-based GIS application software. It contains over 350 features and tools that can be used for Geo-spatial data management as well as analysis, image processing. For Electricity, Water, Gas, Telecom and Renewable Energy.

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    For Electicity, Water and Gas utilities it is more suitable alternative, as it is easy to use and tailor made to the needs of the utilities.

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    Spotzi

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    Spotzi is an easy-to-use online geomarketing platform you can try for FREE. Spotzi has a short learning curve, so you don't have to be a data scientist to work with Spotzi. Our main goal is to find your best-fit customers in just a few clicks.

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    Select one of the geomarketing tools to visualize the areas with your best-fit customers.
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    MapLarge

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Beautiful, User Friendly online mapping software that scales to big data.

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