Planet Geographic Information Systems
The world's fastest & friendliest GIS

PlanetGIS 5.0 is now the most stable and functional version of PlanetGIS ever.   

Please see the Issue tracker for a list of improvements, though many small improvements and speed optimizations are not listed. The most notable new functionality is the built-in document manager.



PlanetGIS is a Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite that improves on mainstream GIS software in terms of

I did manage to get what I wanted… I needed to overlay 5m contours with my topo farm map for contour- and water management construction planning… Works beautifully… -- JK, farming near Kroonstad

PlanetGIS focuses on decision support and asset management systems. Basic GIS functions are easy and efficient. PlanetGIS is a complete relational database platform combined with the power of spatial modelling (maps).

PlanetGIS is easy to learn and was designed to enable anyone to start and manage a GIS project from the ground up. All stages from data capture, data manipulation through thematic mapping and aesthetic map production are simple and efficient.

“Planet” runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10 32bit & 64bit and will in future run on Linux, ’Mac and Android.


PlanetGIS Explorer

PlanetGIS Explorer is free and includes a large portion of the functionality of the paid-for versions. Explorer allows you to navigate through maps, query map elements and view attributes, database information, photographs and documents. You can customize the appearance of maps, add annotations, page frames and title blocks and save any changes you make. Selections of features or entire layers can be exported to SHP, KML and GPX. Download PlanetGIS Explorer here.

PlanetGIS Professional

PlanetGIS Professional is the most popular choice for all-round GIS work. Professional allows you to capture and manipulate spatial features, import GIS layers from external sources and organize and maintain your GIS projects.

It works even better than before – some really fancy software. -- Edward

PlanetGIS Enterprise

PlanetGIS Enterprise adds connectivity to Oracle, SQL Server, management of handheld data collectors and offline synchronization.

A detailed feature comparison matrix outlining the differences between the above 3 editions of PlanetGIS is available here.


Software licensing

PlanetGIS Explorer is completely free.

Trial versions of PlanetGIS Professional and Enterprise offer full functionality for several months. Please create an account to download a trial version and some maps.

Full licenses are per user, but each user may install the software on multiple computers for use only by the licensed user. For organizations requiring more than one user license, additional users are steeply discounted.

The license fee includes one year of access to updates from the website - even major version updates. After a year, there is an option to purchase another year of updates at 25% of the license fee. Alternatively, an upgrade may be purchased at a future date at a 33% discount (this includes one year of updates).

Data products sold on this website include PlanetGIS Explorer, but no software licenses.