MapWindow GIS

MapWindow GIS

Desktop GIS

MapWindow GIS is a Windows based, Open Source GIS client where you can visualize, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps. It includes powerful analytical functions through integration with GEOS and GDAL/OGR. MapWindow is easy to incorporate into MS-Office based products such as MS-Excel and MS-Access, as well as programs written in VB6, C++, C#, VB.NET, and Delphi, as MapWindow is based upon ActiveX controls.


MapWindow requires installation on a Microsoft Windows system before it can be run. Installation files are included on the full ISO version of OSGeo-Live or may be downloaded from

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Core Features

  • Friendly graphical user interface:

    • identify/select features,
    • edit/view/search attributes,
    • on the fly projection,
    • print layout,
    • feature labeling,
    • change vector and raster symbology,
    • and more ...
  • Easy Viewing of many Vector and Raster Formats:

    • most vector formats: including ESRI shapefiles, MapInfo, SDTS and GML,
    • raster formats such as digital elevation models, aerial photography or landsat imagery,
    • Tiles services, like OpenStreetMap, ArcGIS Online.
  • Create, edit and export spatial data using:

    • digitizing tools for shapefile format,
    • the georeferencer plugin,
    • GPS tools to import and export GPX format, convert other GPS formats to GPX, or down/upload directly to a GPS unit.
  • Perform spatial analysis using plugins:

    • map algebra,
    • terrain analysis,
    • hydrologic modeling (TauDEM),
    • network analysis,
    • and many others.
  • Extensible plugin architecture:

    • Plug-in architecture makes it easy to add additional functionality to MapWindow. Plug-ins can be written in any .NET language (C#, VB.NET) using Visual Studio Pro or the free SharpDevelop or Visual Studio Express.
  • ActiveX control:

    • Uses an ActiveX control written in C++. This control can be used in custom applications written in languages like VB6, C++, C#, VB.NET, and Delphi, and can be used in MS-Office products like MS-Access and MS-Excel.

Implemented Standards

  • OGC Standards:
    • WMS (v1.1, v1.3)
    • WFS v1.1 (through a separate plug-in)
    • Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)
    • GML



Licence: MPLv1.1

Software Version: 4.8.8

Supported Platforms: Windows

API Interfaces: Visual Basic 6, VBA (MS-Access, MS-Excel), C++, .NET (C#, VB.NET)

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