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) (Free, Open Source), GRASS GIS (Free, Open Source), PostGIS (Free, Open Source) and Mapserver (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 27, 2021

    1. 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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      Almost everyone thinks QGIS is a great alternative to ArcGIS.
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      QGIS can read geodatabases. The software is frequently updated and print composer is very good alternative to ArcGIS for map layouts.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      caiocco 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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      yes. because for linux this is the only option available.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    2. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
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      chtfn 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.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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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, 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 adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL object-relational database.
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      Some users think PostGIS is a great alternative to ArcGIS, some don't.
      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.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web.
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      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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      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.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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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.
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    3. Spotzi is an easy-to-use online GIS/data mapping platform for businesses/professionals you can try for FREE. With a short learning curve, people can immediately start with creating maps from data. Spotzi also has a datashop with readymade maps + data.
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      Azimap is a web GIS developed on open source principles and offers GI professionals with the tools to visualise, analyse and share their spatial data on the web. Azimap provides customers with desktop capabilities on the web.
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