MapWindow GIS

MapWindow GIS Lite

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 (v2). MapWindow is easy to incorporate into MS-Office based products such as MS-Excel and MS-Access, as well as programs written in C++, C#, VB.NET and Delphi, as MapWindow is based upon an ActiveX control called MapWinGIS. MapWindow Open Source GIS Lite, based on MapWinGIS v4.9.5.

The MapWindow Lite version installed on OSGeo-Live doesn’t include all MapWindow Desktop functionality (such as toolbox, plug-ins, fully functional shapefile editor, or support for PostGIS).


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

Mapwindow Open Source GIS Lite

Core Features

  • Friendly graphical user interface:

    • identify/select features,
    • on the fly projection,
    • feature labeling,
    • change vector and raster symbology,
    • shapefile editor,
    • geodatabase support,
    • 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, MapQuest Aerial, Bing Maps.
  • ActiveX control:

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

Implemented Standards

  • OGC Standards:
    • TMS
    • Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)
    • GML



Code repository:

Licence: MPLv1.1

Software Version: MapWindowLite 4.9.5

Supported Platforms: Windows (XP or higher)

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

Community Support:

Commercial Support:,