gvSIG info sheet




gvSIG is a Geographic Information System (GIS), that is, a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. gvSIG is known for having a user-friendly interface, being able to access the most common formats, both vector and raster ones. It features a wide range of tools for working with geographic-like information (query tools, layout creation, geoprocessing, networks, etc.), which turns gvSIG into the ideal tool for users working in the land realm.

gvSIG is known for:

  • integrating in the same view both local and remote data through OGC standards.
  • being designed to be easily extendable, allowing continous application enhancement, as well as enabling the development of tailor-made solutions.
  • being open source software, under GNU/GPL license, which allows its free use, distribution, study and improvement.
  • being available in several languages (Spanish, English, German, French, Italian,...) .
  • being developed using Java, and being available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X platforms:


  • Fully rich GIS desktop client
  • Licensed GNU/GPL v2
  • On strong delevolpment
  • Interface translated into more than 10 languages
  • Platform independent: runs on Microsfot Windows, GNU/Linux and MacOS
  • Modular: developed using independent modules adding scalability value.
  • Standard compliant: Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Developed with INSPIRE principles in mind
  • Provides the most common GIS tools like data loading, map navigation, query map information like alphanumeric information, distance measurement, thematic cartography, legend edition using the most common legend types, labeling, feature selection by many selection types, data tables with statistics, ordering, table relations, table linking, layout manager, geoprocessing tools, CAD, raster processing, etc.
  • Interoperable: able to work with most of the known data formats:
    • raster : ecw,  ENVI hdr, ERDAS img, (Geo)TIFF, GRASS, ...
    • vector & CAD: shapefile, GML, KML, DGN, DXF, DWG
    • databases: PostGIS, MySQL, Oracle, ArcSDE
    • remote: ECWP, ArcIMS
  • Its SDI client condition permits the connection, through the use of standardADL, s
    • WMS
    • WFS (and WFS-T)
    • WCS
    • WMC
  • Discovery services client is also provided within gvSIG which can be use to localize data resources within an SDI (catalogue  and gazeteer services)
    • Catalogs: Z3950, SRW, CSW (ISO/19115 and ebRIM)
    • Gazetteers: ADL, WFS, WFS-G
  • Geoprocessing tools:
    • proximity: buffer, spatial join
    • overlay: clip, difference,  intersect, union
    • other: convex hull, reproject, ...
  • Integrated advanced CAD tools:
    • functionality for vector data edition: modify, create and delete elements
    • command console typical element in CAD software
    • tools like help tools, grid tools, command stack, complex element selections
    • tools for inserting elements like points, polygons, lines, ellipses, etc...
    • tools to modify its rotation, symmetry,...
  • Integrated advanced raster tools:
    • georeferencing images, set image transparency, adjust bright and contrast, highlight, etc.
    • the SEXTANTE Extension of gvSIG is already available to download, including functions oriented to morphology and hydrology fields,
  • Advanced functionalities like
    • Scripting support
    • Powerful reprojection engine (PROJ4 wrapper)
    • 3D visualization
    • Network analysis
    • New raster analysis features like classification, rectification,...
    • gvSIG for mobile devices
  • Next functionalities
    • Publishing extension
    • Geocoding and normalization
    • Reports and charts
    • See the available roadmap

Screen Shots

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gvSIG Overview1
gvSIG editing terminal gvSIG Mobile
gvSIG vector analysis toolbox
SEXTANTE toolbox and models GUI