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Free QGIS Alternatives

The best free alternative to QGIS is GRASS GIS, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to QGIS and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to QGIS are SAGA GIS, Mapline, Mapserver and what3words.

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

    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.

    Attribute table manager under the Tcl/Tk GUI
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    Equaly or even more powerful. The only downside is that it's native GUI has a learning curve. But it handles the processes way better.

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  2. SAGA GIS icon

    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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  3. Mapline icon

    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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    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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    what3words

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Tablet

    What3words encodes geographic coordinates into 3 dictionary words (for example, the Statue of Liberty is located at planet.inches.most).

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    what3words is just a way to encode coordinates into words, like DNS does for URLs and IP addresses. QGIS is a system for analyzing and processing geodata, and has a plugin to embed w3w functions within it.

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  6. MapWindow GIS icon

    MapWindow GIS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MapWindow is a fully free and open source geographic information system project. It includes an open source programming component, MapWinGIS ActiveX, and an extensible desktop application that supports plug-ins written in .NET (C# and VB.NET).

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    Google Maps Engine

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android

    This online tool allows Google user create and share custom map informations.

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    uDig

    • 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.

    Taaka, developed using uDig by Arbonaut for Finnish Forest and Park Services
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    Input

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Input is based on QGIS which means you can set up projects easily from the desktop.

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    MICRODEM

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    MICRODEM is a freeware microcomputer mapping program written by Professor Peter Guth of the Oceanography Department, U.S. Naval Academy. MICRODEM displays and merges digital elevation models, satellite imagery, scanned maps, vector map data, and GIS databases.

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