A comprehensive list of webmapping toolkits
The goal of this list is to provide basic information about each webmapping toolkit, including:
- description: from toolkit website
- supported Map engines and/or protocols
- Developer language(s): which programming language(s) webmapping developers might worry?
- 1 CartoWeb
- 2 Chameleon
- 3 collective.geo (Plone Maps)
- 4 dbox
- 5 Dracones
- 6 Fusion
- 7 GeoBIExt
- 8 GeoExt
- 9 geojsp
- 10 GeoMondrian
- 11 GeoMOOSE
- 12 GeoPrisma
- 13 GeoReport
- 14 GeoShield
- 15 GeoWebCache
- 16 Heron MC
- 17 HSLayers
- 18 i3geo
- 19 InteProxy
- 20 ka-Map
- 21 leaflet
- 22 Mapbender
- 23 MapBuilder
- 24 MapFaces
- 25 MapFish
- 26 MapProxy
- 27 MapQuery
- 28 Modest Maps
- 29 msCross
- 30 OpenLayers
- 31 Studio
- 32 OpenScales
- 33 p.mapper
- 34 Polymaps
- 35 SOLAPLayers
- 36 tile5
- 37 TileCache
- 38 TileMill
- 39 Thematic Mapping Engine
CartoWeb is a comprehensive and ready-to-use Web-GIS (Geographical Information System) as well as a convenient framework for building advanced and customized applications.
Chameleon is a distributed, highly configurable, environment for developing Web Mapping applications. It is built on MapServer as the core mapping engine and works with all MapServer supported data formats through a regular MAP file.
L: Open Source M: MapServer, WMS D: PHP
The goal is to provide a comprehensive set of tools to manage and publish geospatial data into Plone CMS, using existing and proven technologies as much as possible.
dbox is really a collection of DHTML-based libraries for building highly interactive web-based mapping applications. The tools are meant to work directly with the MapServer web mapping system. They provide relatively autonomous functionality without restricting overall design. In fact, they were designed to be used with old fashioned elements like tables.
Dracones is a MapServer-based web mapping framework. Core components: A lightweight map widget, with a smooth navigation interface; Map layers with interactive behaviors, like mouse selection or tooltip (mouseover) information; Flexible query/extension mechanism; Handy other services like map image export, and history navigation
L: MIT M: MapServer, MapGuide OS D: PHP
A rich client visualization framework for SOLAP data, using GeoExt/OpenLayers as the web mapping front-end. It enables the creation of drillable and interactive geo-analytical dashboards or more static reports, which allow the analyze of data through different representations (maps, charts and cross-tabs) and levels of detail in order to take more informed and hence better decisions.
L: ? M: (see OpenLayers) D: Java
geojsp is an open source (GPL) component that integrates geographic elements in your business intelligence infrastructure (geo-BI): thematic maps; flow maps; indicators; graphics (bar charts, pie chart, etc.)
GeoMondrian is a spatially-enabled version of Pentaho Analysis Services (Mondrian). It provides a consistent integration of spatial objects into the OLAP data cube structure, instead of fetching them from a separate spatial database, web service or GIS file.
L: Open Source M: (see OpenLayers) D: ?
An interactive decision-support tool, providing a WebGIS OGC compliant interface, supported by analysis and reporting tools of external BI platforms. At present, GeoReport supports PentahoBI and SpagoBI.
L: LGPL M: ? D: ?
GeoShield is a project born to offer a centralized way to define security access-control to geo-services. It acts like a proxy, intercepting all the communications between clients and OGC compliant services
GeoWebCache is a Java web application used to cache map tiles coming from a variety of sources such as OGC Web Map Service (WMS). It implements various service interfaces (such as WMS-C, WMTS, TMS, Google Maps KML, Virtual Earth) in order to accelerate and optimize map image delivery. It can also recombine tiles to work with regular WMS clients.
Heron Mapping Client provides a configuration framework and widgets to assemble powerful desktop-like WebGIS applications in the browser. Heron wraps existing web-mapping libraries such as GeoExt, GXP, and OpenLayers.
i3geo provides a set of navigation tools, generation of analysis, sharing and generation of maps on demand.
InteProxy is a tool that adds secure transmission via SSL as well as user authentication to those OWS-based applications that do not support these security features.
Mapbender is the back office software and client framework for spatial data infrastructures. It provides a data model and web based interfaces for displaying, navigating and querying OGC compliant map services.
MapBuilder is a powerful, standards compliant geographic mapping client which runs in a web browser.
MapFaces is a JSF framework for mapping. This framework is implemented on top of GeotoolKit.org library, the reference implementation of OGC GeoAPI. Its main difference with other frameworks is the support of the on-the-fly reprojection for services like WMS, WMTS, TMS and others.
MapFish is a flexible and complete framework for building rich web-mapping applications. It emphasizes high productivity, and high-quality development.
It caches, accelerates and transforms data from existing map services and serves any desktop or web GIS client. MapProxy is a tile cache solution, but also offers many new and innovative features like full support for WMS clients.
MapQuery is a jQuery plugin that you can use to add mapping to your website. Whether you quickly want to add a simple map to a page, or build a feature rich web application, MapQuery is just the thing you need.
Modest Maps is a small, extensible, and free library for designers and developers who want to use interactive maps in their own projects. It provides a core set of features in a tight, clean package with plenty of hooks for additional functionality
OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. OpenLayers has been developed to further the use of geographic information of all kinds.
Admin tool for MapServer. Studio allows the web administrator to manage the geodata, to stylize them with a wysiwyg MapFile editor and to create a custom thematisation. Studio allows to edit MapServer Mapfiles, using an easy-to-use web-based interface.
OpenScales is an open source (LGPL) mapping framework written in ActionScript 3 and Flex that enables developers to build Rich Internet Mapping Applications.
The p.mapper framework is intended to offer broad functionality and multiple configurations in order to facilitate the setup of a MapServer application based on PHP/MapScript.
SOLAPLayers is a lightweight web cartographic component which enables navigation in SOLAP data cubes. It aims to be integrated into existing dashboard frameworks in order to produce interactive geo-analytical dashboards.
TileCache provides a Python-based WMS-C/TMS server, with pluggable caching mechanisms and rendering backends. In the simplest use case, TileCache requires only write access to a disk, the ability to run Python CGI scripts, and a WMS you want to be cached.
TileMill is an application for making beautiful maps. Whether you're a journalist, web designer, researcher, or seasoned cartographer, TileMill is the design studio you need to create compelling, interactive maps.
TME enables you to visualise global statistics on Google Earth. The engine returns a KMZ file that you can open in Google Earth or download to your computer.