Live GIS Disc

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OSGeo Live provides bootable ISO-Images and Virtual Machines which allow users to try out fully-operational versions of popular Free Geospatial Software without the need to install a thing. Everything is set up for you ready to go: just reboot into it, glance at the help pages on the desktop, and go. The existing hard drive and operating system will not be modified in any way, everything happens in temporary system memory. As such it will run a bit slower than the "real thing" and house and lot for sale in cavite you may want to grab a USB flash drive to save or transfer files with. You can load and boot a live-image completely from a USB stick too if you prefer.

We do this in large part by maintaining automated build scripts which collect many OSGeo programs and sample data-sets together, and then combine them to form the Live disc or VM itself. By tweaking these scripts, users are free to make their own custom distributions, for example localized in their own language and with local map data.

The Arramagong Live DVD & VM contains a collection of the best Geospatial Open Source, pre-configured with sample data. The DVD and Virtual Machine are available for download at . Refer to Live GIS Disc Quick Start to get started.

Key Links

Quick Start

How to add a project to OSGeoLive

Build Process

Package List



Stable release:

Nightly build:


Live GIS Translate


You can find the artwork sleeves, background images, booklet at:

Version 4.5


Live GIS Review


Live GIS Presentation

Workshops with OSGeoLive

Workshops with OSGeoLive


Contact Us

The mailing list is archived at Gmane and Nabble


Latest Stable Release:

Latest Development Release:

Older Releases:

Issue Tracker

Our issue tracker is hosted at OSGeo's Trac system, and you will need to create an OSGeo UserId before you can login and edit issues. To distinguish the LiveDVD project from other OSGeo projects, use the following conventions:

Component field
Set to `LiveDVD`
Version: Set to base release version: eg: 5.0, 5.5 (not 5.5rc1)
Application: Set to application with issue (use lower case): eg: "geoserver"
List of open tickets

OSGeo User Id


Repository and web view
  • On Linux systems: access Subversion using:
svn checkout
  • On windows systems, install Tortoise Subversion, which extends Windows Explorer to include subversion commands.
Commit access
To get commit access, you need to create yourself an osgeo user id, then join our email list and ask to be given access to subversion. In this email, you will also need to confirm that you will comply with our license guidelines. Write something like:
Hi all, I'd like to contribute XXX to OSGeo-Live. Could I please get access to subversion. My osgeo-user id is: YYYY.
I confirm that my contributions to OSGeo-Live will be compatible with the OSGeo-Live license guidelines at the time of contribution.
The current OSGeo-Live license guidelines are:
  • Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License for Quickstarts
  • Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License for Project Overviews
  • A version of LGPL for install scripts
  • One of the OSI approved Open Source licenses for installed applications
A project admin will then add you to the osgeo user group.
Add your name to contributors list
The first thing you should do to test your svn install is to add your name the contributors list:
cd trunk/doc
# to edit a file
svn update contributors.csv
# edit contributors.csv

# optionally check to see what has changed.
svn diff contributors.csv

# check the file back into subversion
svn commit contributors.csv
# to add a file
cd <dir>
# create a file
svn add <file>
svn propset svn:mime-type <mime.type> <file>
svn commit <file>
# to move or rename a file
svn move <file>
svn commit <file>
  • A script to automatically set the svn props can be found here. More SVN hints here.
  • On Windows this can be made easy using Tortoise SVN which plugs directly into Windows Explorer.


Press Releases


Live GIS History

Project Metrics

Metrics from Ohloh:

Use Cases

There are multiple use cases for this product:

  • Demo DVD that can be handed out at conferences.
    This will contain a wide variety of applications, preconfigured with some sample data and containing introductory tutorials. It should be able to function completely offline, at least within the scope of the tutorials, and should provide an introduction to many products. This is very much a Live DVD, and as such should be conservative with regards to size (it will be run from RAM).
  • Education DVD
    This seems to be a more involved version than the Demo DVD, including more involved material, including train-the-trainer style material. This is targeted at those who will be teaching others, be it in workshops or university classes/labs. My expectation (mleslie: feel free to correct me) is that this is more likely to be installed on machines and used as a teaching resource, as opposed to a toy to play with, as with the Demo DVD. This will require material developed through the.
  • Workstation Install DVD
    This need was seen in Cape Town, where the bandwidth seems to be a very limiting factor. Using the DVD to install either a complete OS, a set of packages to an existing Linux, or Windows installers completely offline is of great value in the developing world. Would it be of greater value to lose the Edu or demo material and put in complete application documentation?

Links to related projects

Build scripts in DebianGIS's SVN

Links to Build tool options