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GIS Software Alternatives

We are currently experiencing a boom in many technologies and brands whose application in geographical information systems is feasible in this list, separated by the type of license. Each of them has link to page where you can find more information:Commercial software, or at least with non-free license


  1. ArcGIS (World leader in GIS applications)
  2. Autodesk Map (World leader in CAD applications)
  3. CadCorp
  4. Caris
  5. CartaLinx
  6. Geomedia
  8. manifold
  9. MapInfo
  10. Maptitude
  11. MicroStation Geographics (now Bentley Map)
  12. SavGIS (Freeware)
  13. Smallworld
  14. SPRING (Freeware)
  15. TatukGIS
  16. TNTMips
  17. TransCAD





Free softwaregenerally Not very popularAlthough many of them are as robust or better than non-free ones.

  1. GeoPista
  2. GeoServer
  3. GRASS
  4. GvSIG
  5. ILWIS
  6. Generic Mapping Tools (GMT)
  7. JUMP
  8. Kosmo
  9. LocalGIS
  10. MapGuide Open Source
  11. MapServer
  12. MapWindow GIS
  13. Quantum GIS
  14. GIS SAGA
  16. UDIG

At least 14 of these applications run on Mac, or via Java and 17 on Linux. Recently we made comparisons, here you can see some:

Perhaps we have heard something from ArcGIS, Geomedia, Mapinfo, Manifold, Grass, GvSig ... although from almost all of us we have seen comments scattered in many forums, a concentrated comparison of all together may be missing. Are there opinions about the others you want to share? Also in this Wikipedia page A comparative in tabular form is shown

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. The alternatives are always good. Commercial softwares deserve a lot of investment and many times they do many things that we can achieve with a free soft.

  2. Thanks for the observation Santi, I have already made the inclusion.

  3. You have left a very widespread GIS in England, Japan, Australia and the USA ... less known in other countries but it has more and more users.


    It is the GIS platform that reads more formats natíentemente (without needing to import), and a perfect ally to attack any type of database.

    All the best

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