Desktop GIS

User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source spatial data viewer/editor, with special emphasis on the OpenGIS standards for internet GIS, the Web Map Server (WMS) and Web Feature Server (WFS) standards.

uDig is:

  • User-friendly, providing a familiar graphical environment for GIS users;

  • Desktop located, running natively on Windows, Mac OS/X and Linux;

  • Internet oriented, consuming standard and de facto geospatial web services; and,

  • GIS ready, providing the framework on which complex analytical capabilities can be built, and gradually subsuming those capabilities into the main application.

For developers uDig provides a common Java platform for building spatial applications with open source components. The website provides series of clear tutorials covering making a simple tool through to releasing your own custom application.

udig screenshot

Core Features

  • Desktop Client with Drag and Drop integration for File explorer and Web Browser

  • Integrate with your existing infrastructure: ArcSDE, Oracle, DB2 and more

  • Work with local files: Shapefile, jpeg, png, tiff and more.

  • Work with advanced spatial raster formats: ECW, MrSID, JPEG 2000

  • Support for compliant Web Map Servers (GeoServer, MapServer tested)

  • Integrated Web experience with an embedded browser that recognises OGC web services and smoothly adds links to the onscreen map

  • Style Layer Descriptor control of rendering allowing you to publish your Map using the same settings in uDig as with popular Web Map Servers

  • Deep integration of standards allowing the application to swap between the appropriate service as required for display, interaction and editing

  • Printing and PDF Generation

  • For Developers

    • Java Application built using the GeoTools, JTS Topology Suite (JTS)

    • Industrial strength plug-in system provided by Eclipse Rich Client Platform

    • Use of native widgets

Implemented Standards

  • OGC Web Map Server (WMS)

  • OGC Web Feature Server (WFS)

  • OGC Web Feature Server Transactional (WFS-T)

  • OGC Simple Features for SQL (SFQL)

  • Web Map Server Cache (WMS-C)

  • OGC Style Layer Descriptor (SLD)


Website: http://udig.refractions.net/

Licence: Dual BSD / EPL (Eclipse Foundation)

Software Version: 2.0.0RC1

Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac

API Interfaces: GeoTools, ImageIO-Ext, Java Advanced Imaging, Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Eclipse Modelling Framework

Support: http://udig.refractions.net/users/

Developers: http://udig.refractions.net/developers/


This project is only included on the OSGeoLive virtual machine disk (VMDK)