Mapnik Alternatives

    Mapnik is described as 'Free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. Above all Mapnik is about making beautiful maps. It is easily extensible and suitable for both desktop and web development. - C++/Python GIS toolkit'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Mapnik for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is QGIS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Mapnik are GRASS GIS (Free, Open Source), GeoServer (Free, Open Source), what3words (Free) and OpenGeo Suite (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 30, 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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      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      The reference implementation of the Open Geospatial Consortiums WFS and WMS services, GeoServer is a full featured open source software server written in Java that allows users to query, visualize, combine, edit and publish spatial data over the web.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      What3words encodes geographic coordinates into 3 dictionary words (for example, the Statue of Liberty is located at planet.inches.most).
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      OpenGeo provides support and services around GeoServer, OpenLayers, PostGIS, GeoWebCache, and GeoExt.
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      • 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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      • 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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    2. Maximize the use of your Excel spreadsheet data. Make mapping the easiest. Transform Excel data into visual analysis. We lead in data simplification and presentation. We are committed to deliver the tools needed to outpace competition.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      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 full layered open source GIS. It is written in Java and released under GNU Lesser General Public License.
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    3. Spatial Feature Server by MapET is an ESRI Geoservices REST Implementation and works with all ESRI Rest API's. The source of published data is the spatial extension of the major RDBMS, such Oracle, Microsoft SQLServer, MySQL, PostgreSQL.
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