Database

PostGIS

Get Started

PostGIS provides spatial objects for the PostgreSQL object-relational database, allowing efficient storage, query, and analysis of location information.

Server

GeoServer

GeoServer is a powerful map and feature server for sharing, analyzing, and editing geospatial data from any major spatial data source using open standards.

GeoWebCache

GeoWebCache accelerates delivery of web maps by caching map tiles upfront or on-demand.

Desktop

QGIS

Use our QGIS plugin OpenGeo Suite Explorer to configure Suite. Prep data in PostGIS, publish to GeoServer, or seed map tiles with GeoWebCache from desktop QGIS.

Web Map Library

OpenLayers 2 & 3

OpenLayers provides advanced web mapping capabilities in any browser using Javascript.

Web App Buildkit

Boundless SDK

The Boundless SDK for webapps simplifies creation of ready-to-deploy map applications using OpenLayers 3 and Suite.

Web Map Client

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer is an application for composing, styling, editing, and publishing maps from the browser.

Getting Started

Suite offers a variety of ways to import, export, transform, serve GIS data to the web, and make it interactive.
Whether Suite components are installed remotely or locally you can configure and manage them using PostGIS utilities, command line tools, the OpenGeo Suite QGIS Plugin, the GeoServer interface, or by using the GeoServer REST API or Boundless SDK.
Find your preferred method below or visit boundlessgeo.com to try out our free tutorials and learn more in our education center.

  • Where to get GIS data:

Natural Earth

Natural Earth has free shapefiles available for download. Try downloading the Natural Earth Quickstart kit for a quick default set.

http://www.naturalearthdata.com

GeoNames

GeoNames has placenames (for oceans, all countries, cities, etc.).

You could start with all countries data.

http://www.geonames.org

OSM

http://www.openstreetmap.org is a freely editable map of the world that can be downloaded in parts.

You can select a bounding box to download using QGIS or find countries to download from Geofabrik.

  • Choose one of:


  •     * best for rasters

pgAdmin & pgShapeLoader

pgAdmin and pgShapeLoader are graphical desktop tools to import shapefiles and manage database tables in PostGIS.

Before importing shapefiles use pgAdmin to create a PostGIS-enabled database for your data.

Command Line Import

Shapefiles can also be loaded into PostGIS using a command-line tool called shp2pgsql.

shp2pgsql How-To

Tip: If you're working on a remote server you can also download data directly to that server using wget and one of the GIS data download links.

QGIS + Suite QGIS Plugin

The desktop GIS client QGIS and our Suite QGIS Plugin can be used to carry out steps 1 through 5 on this page. Once your data is open in QGIS, use the plugin to connect and publish to PostGIS.

Suite QGIS Plugin: Publishing from PostGIS

GeoServer*

  • Choose one of:

GeoServer Layer Preview

To view your data quickly, visit GeoServer's Layer Preview page.

GeoServer Layer Preview

Tip: If your data isn't visible, make sure it's been loaded from PostGIS or a file with GeoServer Importer.

pgAdmin

Using pgAdmin you can query, edit and organize your GIS data in tabular format.

pgAdmin

PostGIS provides powerful spatial processing tools for data storage, indexing and analysis.

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer is a web-based viewer for viewing and editing layers.

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer Documentation

QGIS

QGIS offers powerful geoprocessing capabilities, and our Suite QGIS Plugin can connect to various Suite components such as PostGIS and GeoServer.

Suite QGIS Plugin and QGIS

  • Choose one of:

QGIS

Create styles natively in QGIS with optional export to GeoServer.

Suite QGIS Plugin: Editing a Style

Note: About styling limitations of the plugin.

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer provides a basic graphical styling web interface with direct connection to GeoServer.

GeoServer SLD Styling

SLD (Style Layer Descriptor) is the native GeoServer styling language.

GeoServer: Styling

  • Choose one of:

GeoServer Layer Groups

In GeoServer you can create Layer Groups to publish multi-layer web maps.

GeoServer: Layer Groups

QGIS

Using the Suite QGIS Plugin, you can organize your data into workspaces in GeoServer and publish layers to the web.

QGIS: Publising a Project

QGIS can also be used to create print maps using the QGIS Print Composer.

GeoExplorer

With GeoExplorer you can create a map interface that can be embedded in any web page.

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer: Publish Maps

  • Choose one of:

Boundless SDK

Boundless SDK provides templates and build commands for quickly creating and deploying web applications (as .war files) using OpenLayers 3 (or 2) and GeoServer.

Boundless SDK

OpenLayers

OpenLayers 3 is a high-performance JavaScript library for working with interactive maps in a browser.

OpenLayers 3

Tip: Try the Boundless SDK which includes OpenLayers 3 if you'd like to deploy your applications with GeoServer.

GeoExplorer

With GeoExplorer you can create a map interface that can be embedded in any web page.

GeoExplorer

GeoExplorer: Publish Maps

Suite for Production

The OpenGeo Suite documentation describes a number of ways to improve performance, set up security, backup, partition virtual services, cache map tiles, and set up clustering for production projects.

OpenGeo System Administration

About

OpenGeo Suite

OpenGeo Suite powers web, mobile, and desktop applications across the enterprise. Built on leading open source software - including PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, and OpenLayers - OpenGeo Suite optimizes standards-based technology for organizations large and small.

Boundless

Boundless is the most trusted provider of enterprise-grade, open source geospatial software. From database to server to client, Boundless reduces the costs of developing, deploying, and maintaining geospatial software. Boundless is where companies turn when they want to free themselves of the rigid architectures and unsustainable pricing models of proprietary geospatial software.

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