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gvSIG desktop

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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


Typical tools in a full-fledged desktop GIS client can also be found in gvSIG, among other things:
  • Access to vector formats: SHP, DXF, GML, DWG, DGN,...
  • Access to raster formats: JPG2000, MrSID, Ecw, Erdas, Envi,..
  • Access to remote services: OGC (WMS, WFS, WFS-T, WCS), ArcIMS, Ecwp
  • Database access: PostGIS, MySQL, ArcSDE, Oracle,..
  • Display:zooms, panning, frames, ...
  • Query: information, area and distance measurement,...
  • Selection: by point, by rectangle, by polygon, by theme, alphanumeric search,..
  • Geoprocessing: buffer, intersection, clip, join, convex hull, ...
  • Editing: add features, alphanumeric editing, rotate, node editing,...
  • Catalogue and nomenclator services
  • Redes: camino mínimo, área de servicio, gestión de paradas,...
  • Topology: topological error fixing, polygons from lines, ...
  • Legend: unique values, intervals, symbology constructor, ...
  • Advanced labelling
  • Raster and remote sensing: dispersion diagrams, colour tables, filters, classification,...
  • Tables: links, joins, statistics, fields calculator,...
  • Layout constructor: cartographic elements (north, scale, frames,...), page layout,...
  • Printing:to PDF, to Postscript, export to several image formats,...
  • Publishing:MapServer\'S WCS, WMS and WFS, Geoserver\'S WFS.

Future plans

  • Connection with sensors
  • Surveying tools
  • 4D tools

Get involved

gvSIG is a wide project where participation can come from several kind of actors with different levels of involvement. On this page the main ways to participate will be shown. On the mailing lists The mailing lists are the central point of the gvSIG community, and one of the most important keys where most of the communications are taken between users, developers and project managers. Sharing and discussing at mailing lists the community is encouraged, technical questions are resolved, new features are discussed, etc. Access to the mailing lists page of this website or even see the mailing lists activity through the nabble interface. Testing It\'s impossible to test all the different situations and user work-flows combinations i a software like gvSIG. This is precisely one of the strengths of free software, the community driven testing. Without the user bug reports the stabilization of gvSIG would be slower by far. That\'s why testing gvSIG and reporting bugs is one of the most appreciated ways of participation. If you\'re user or developer, on any unexpected behavior or just a question, go to the mailing list to expose it because maybe you\'ve found a software bug and your contribution will help to resolve it for the next gvSIG version. There are some basic mailing list usage recommendations to help you on that process. Translations Having not only the software but also the user and developer documentation in several languages is one of the objectives of this portal. gvSIG project is supporting with the necessary infrastructure to produce and maintain the published documentation of this portal in different languages. If you want to collaborate with the translation of gvSIG and its documentation write a message at mailing lists and portal administrators will contact you, maybe there are other people interested about translating the same language or maybe you are the first! Writing articles and use cases You can write articles in blogs, journals or whatever about gvSIG software or about successful (or not!) use cases where gvSIG has been used as underlying technology. Soon these stories will be shown on this portal to give gvSIG community easy access to them. Developing new extensions gvSIG is a really modular and extensible software. If your are a developer or you are working on a company or entity that has developed a gvSIG customization, maybe you find interesting to offer it to the community in the same way you\'ve received gvSIG. This portal has a catalog for the contributions that developers and companies of everywhere want to offer to the community. These extensions at first will not be supported by the project, that is to say, we cannot assure their stability and compatibility between them, and this way, offer direct support for them on the mailing lists. This doesn\'t mean that those extensions that could be interesting and successful can not be part of the official distribution of gvSIG.

Public administration reference

  • Generalitat Valenciana
  • Ayuntamiento de Munich
  • CNTI Venezuela
  • Ministerio de Medio Ambiente de Brasil
  • Instituto Geográfico Nacional Agustín Codazzi de Colombia
  • Gobierno de Guatemala
  • Instituto Geográfico Nacional de Argentina
  • Registradores de la Propiedad de Perú y España
  • Instituto Geográfico Nacional de España
  • Ministerio del Interior de España
  • Junta de Extremadura
  • Junta de Andalucia
  • Junta de Castilla-La Mancha
  • Región de Murcia
  • Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Castilla y León