Planet Geographic Information Systems
The world's fastest & friendliest GIS
PlanetGIS 4.2 is ready for general use! Download it here.

Version 4.2 has a long list of improvements and new features requested during recent workshops. Also of note is the addition of 300 new symbols (shapes) thanks to WSP Consulting Engineers Africa.



PlanetGIS is a fast, friendly and compact Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite that improves on mainstream GIS software in terms of graphic rendering speed, usability, database connectivity, manageability of extremely large vector and raster datasets, cost effectivity and productivity. Development on PlanetGIS started in 1993 and the software has been in extensive use by GIS practitioners since 1994. “Planet” excels where mainstream GIS products usually frustrate because it has been designed specifically for those tasks used most often in a GIS.

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

Planet runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8 32bit & 64bit, and there are plans to port Planet to Linux, ’Mac and Android.

PlanetGIS is the easiest GIS to learn and use 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 to map production are simple and efficient.

Vector data formats
PlanetGIS reads all popular GIS data exchange formats including ESRI ArcView shape files (.SHP), MapInfo MID/MIF, AutoDesk DXF, ESRI ArcInfo Export files (.E00), MapGuide SDL and ReGIS Feature files (.FEA). PlanetGIS can also export GIS data to most of these formats.

Raster image formats
PlanetGIS will import JPEG and TIFF/GeoTIFF images into a native super-fast indexed image format and will utilize World files if available. MrSID and ECW images will be displayed directly. PlanetGIS can also create JPEG and GeoTIFF files.

Database connectivity
PlanetGIS has a built-in SQL server and can connect to Access, MySQL, SQLite and Oracle. (SQL server will be supported by 4.1).

PlanetGIS Explorer
PlanetGIS Explorer is a free viewer for PlanetGIS projects. PlanetGIS Explorer allows you to navigate through maps, query map elements and view attribute information from linked tables. PlanetGIS Explorer allows you to customize the appearance of maps for purposes of creating hardcopy printouts, and (since version 4.0) allows you to save the changes. Selections of feature or entire layers can be exported to SHP, KML and GPX. PlanetGIS Explorer is available, free, here.

Thanx soo much - yes I downloaded the Western Cape Cadastral's - desperately needed info on an erf in Hermanus - as the client couldn't give me an indication of the correct erf number or north point. By using the system I could locate the erf , and figure all out. Great stuff! -- MH, Cape Town

PlanetGIS Professional
PlanetGIS Professional is aimed at the GIS power user that needs all the available tools for creating and manipulating GIS data, importing GIS layers from external sources and setting up database connections.

PlanetGIS Enterprise
Enterprise features include multiple users accessing and modifying the same GIS datasets, integration with SDE and Oracle Spatial, creating mobile datasets and merging changes made in the field.

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

PlanetGIS Web Server
PlanetGIS Web Server is an extension for Internet Information Server or Apache HTTP server on Windows to publish PlanetGIS maps on the Internet. An example of a PlanetGIS Web Server in action is here.

PlanetGIS ActiveX Control
PlanetGIS ActiveX Control (PlanetX) is a component that will add GIS functionality to your software application.

PlanetGIS Intranet
PlanetGIS Intranet is an Internet Explorer browser plugin for use on large intranets.