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This page is deprecated, please find the latest version here :https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive/wiki

OSGeo-Live wiki docs migrating

June 2018: OSGeo-Live howto wiki documentation is is in the process of migrating to: https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive/wiki It is best to try the new docs first, then come back to this wiki afterwards if you can't find what you are looking for.

About OSGeo-Live

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OSGeoLive 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.

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.

For users

Quick Start


June 2018: The OSGeo-Live documentation process is changing to use transfix and the process for using it is moving wikis to: https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive/wiki/How%20to%20document%20a%20project

It is best to try the new docs first, then come back to wiki pages below if you don't find what you are looking for:


Stable release: http://live.osgeo.org

Nightly build: http://adhoc.osgeo.osuosl.org/livedvd/docs/en/index.html

Source is stored in git: https://github.com/OSGeo/OSGeoLive-doc

Package List

Project Metrics

Contact Us

Refer to: https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive#Communication


Latest Stable Release: http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html

Latest Development Release: http://aiolos.survey.ntua.gr/gisvm/dev/

Older Releases: http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd

Including OSGeoLive at your event

OSGeoLive provides a DVD, USB and a Virtual Machine which allow users to try out fully-operational versions of popular Free Geospatial Software without the need to install a thing. It also includes documentation and a comprehensive presentation.

This is the process to follow if you wish to make use of OSGeoLive at your conference, workshop or similar event.

Tell Us
Add your event to our OSGeoLive History page and tell us how you would like to use OSGeoLive on our email list (or email Cameron Shorter directly). Hearing how OSGeoLive is used motivates us to keep going, and we plan releases around upcoming events.
Conference attendees appreciate the OSGeoLive Lightning Overview, which explains the breadth of OSGeo software, abstract here. It is often presented by one of the conference organisors, or keynote speakers. You may wish to find a suitable speaker from the OSGeo Advocate list. The presentation may be given as is, or modified to align with time constraints, presenter's interest, or conference focus. (For prior variants, see Live GIS Presentation.)
Handing out USBs or DVDs
OSGeoLive DVDs and/or USBs are often handed out to all conference delegates, or a smaller number handed out from an OSGeo booth. DVDs are cheaper (around $2 per copy), but USBs provide a better experience as they are faster to boot up and run. You will need to:
  1. Work out how to pay for the USBs/DVDs. Usually the price is factored into event budgets. This means you will require commitment from the event Organisors. However you may find an external sponsor, or for smaller print runs, you might find volunteers to print from their computers.
  2. Source a local printer, preferably local. Printers typically require 2 weeks to do the print run, although they often will turn around faster if you pay more money.
  3. Printing DVDs: The printer will require an ISO image, and artwork for the DVD face and DVD sleeve. You may make use of existing artwork or create your own.
  4. Printing USBs: A 4 Gig USB is required for osgeo-live-mini (8 Gig if you wish the full image with windows and mac installers). The process for installing USBs is described here. Note that it is important to ask the printer if they can create bootable USBs. (We have found that many printers are not familiar with the process). It is prudent to check the first USB that is printed before printing the rest. You can also print a logo on the USB.
For workshops, we recommend using OSGeoLive from a Virtual Machine or from a USB. Note that some computers can't boot from a USB. OSGeoLive on a DVD is slow and as such is not recommended for workshops. However it is wise to have a few spare DVDs in case one of your computers can't boot from the USB. Note that OSGeoLive we have heard some issues when running on Apple Macs, so if using Macs, please test first.
We have a Poster which is useful for hanging on a wall of a conference booth.

Workshops with OSGeoLive

Workshops with OSGeoLive


OSGeoLive Presentation


OSGeoLive Poster


Live GIS History



Press Releases

This content has being moved to: Press Releases


Want to help?

We love volunteers, and would love to hear from you if you would like to help out. Best place to start is to introduce yourself on our email list, maybe mention how you'd like to get involved. Here are some ideas about things that you might want to help with:

Know another language? Why not join our team of translators:
Debian Packaging

Use Cases

There are multiple use cases for this product:

  • Demo DVD/USB 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?

For developers or people would like to contribute

How to add a project to OSGeoLive

Source code


You can find instructions how to contribute to OSGeoLive source code in the Trac page


OSGeoLive license

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. Please use the following conventions:

Component field
Set to `OSGeoLive`
Milestone: Set to base release version: eg: OSGeoLive11.0
Keywords: Add the relevant application to the issue (use lower case): eg: "geoserver"


Build Process

Project Steering Committee (PSC)

OSGeoLive PSC Trac Page



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


USB Creation

Code of Conduct

Within the OSGeoLive community we act respectfully toward others in line with the OSGeo Code of Conduct.

OSGeo Incubation

Google Summer of Code

Links to related projects

Build scripts in DebianGIS's SVN