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    Mapserver Alternatives

    Mapserver is described as 'MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web' and is a Map Service in the Travel & Location category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Mapserver for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Linux, Mac and Android. Most alternatives are Map Services and GIS Software. The best alternative is Mapbox Studio, which is free. Other great apps like Mapserver are PostGIS (Free, Open Source), OpenMapTiles (Freemium, Open Source), ArcGIS (Paid) and GRASS GIS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 27, 2020

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


    1. OpenMapTiles is a set of open-source tools for self-hosting of OpenStreetMap maps in more than 50 languages. It provides both raster as well as vector tiles, WMS and WMTS services for GIS programs, support for JavaScript viewers and mobile SDK.
    2. ArcGIS offers unique capabilities and flexible licensing for applying location-based analytics to your business practices. Gain greater insights using contextual tools to visualize and analyze your data. Collaborate and share via maps, apps, dashboards and reports.
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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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      GRASS GIS not is for Web Server
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    3. 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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      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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      What3words encodes geographic coordinates into 3 dictionary words (for example, the Statue of Liberty is located at planet.inches.most).
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    4. Map3 is a decentralised map network that is impartial, secure and extremely robust. It is free from control, free to participate, free base map. It is built to be governed by the Map3 community where individuals and organisations can host Map3 nodes.
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      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Unique platform combining maps, data visualization, tracking, IoT and user interactions.
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