FWTools: Open Source GIS Binary Kit for Windows and Linux
FWTools is a set of Open Source GIS binaries for Windows (win32) and Linux
(x86 32bit) systems produced by me, Frank Warmerdam (ie. FW).
The kits are intended
to be easy for end users to install and get going with. No fudzing with
building from source, or having to collect lots of interrelated packages.
FWTools includes OpenEV, GDAL,
MapServer, PROJ.4 and OGDI as well as some supporting components.
The FWTools kits also aims to track the latest development versions of the
packages included as opposed to official releases. While this may mean
the packages are less stable, it is intended to give folks a chance to
use the latest and greatest. FWTools releases also are a means by
which I make recent development version bug fixes available to a wider
audience than would be prepared to build them from the source.
With FWTools releases, I also endeavor to build in as many optional
components as possible. Thus, I include support for ECW, JPEG2000, HDF
and other file formats that require extra libraries.
Linux FWTools releases are intended to be distribution and packaging
system agnostic. They should install on pretty much any x86 style Linux
system released within the last few years.
FWTools 2.0.6 (Linux x86 32bit),
FWTools 2.4.7 (Windows 32bit)
All downloads: Primary Site,
Details of the subcomponents and version built in are contained on the
platform specific and release specific pages.
- OpenEV: A high performance
raster/vector desktop data viewer and analysis tool.
- MapServer: A web mapping
- GDAL/OGR: A library and set of
commandline utility applications for reading and writing a variety of
geospatial raster (GDAL) and vector (OGR) formats.
- PROJ.4: A cartographic
projections library with commandline utilities.
- OGDI: a multi-format raster
and vector reading techology noteworthy for inclusion of support for
various military formats including VPF (ie. VMAP, VITD), RPF (ie. CADRG,
CIB), and ADRG.
- Python: a scripting language.
Platform Installation and Packaging Details
FWTools on Linux
FWTools on Windows
Experimental FWTools3 on Linux
User Help Mailing List
Requests for assistance, discussion of how to do things with FWTools, or
suggestions on how to improve it can be directed to the
List. In depth help on individual packages would be best directed
to the individual project web page.
Some auxiliary information is also available on FWTools within the
Problems with the FWTools builds and packaging itself may be
queried in the FWTools bugzilla repository. Bugs with individual packages
should be reported via the project bug reporting mechanisms as described on
project home pages.