What is gvSIG?

gvSIG Introduction

GVSIG gvSIG is a sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) for managing spatial data and performing complex analyses. It is a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling and analysing any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve management and planning problems.


gvSIG Interface

gvSIG has an intuitive and user-friendly interface and is suitable for both user groups, those who are inexperienced as well as those who are already familiar with Geographic Information Systems. The interface is made up of a main window with different tools and secondary windows to easily handle the spatial data of your gvSIG-project.


gvSIG is:

  • an open source software, under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which allows its free use, distribution, study and improvement.
  • available in several languages: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and many more.
  • available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms.
  • designed to be easily extendable, allowing continuous application enhancement, as well as enabling the development of tailor-made solutions.


For further information read the article about gvSIG (Wikipedia).

Report on the usage of gvSIG

gvSIG has been developed by the gvSIG-Association and further development is undertaken by users in more than 80 countries working to expand the software and develop new GIS-features. The usage of gvSIG is widespread in Spain and many Spanish-speaking countries. In the last years the English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German-speaking user groups increased as gvSIG and support documentation became available in their respective languages.

In 2010 Welthungerhilfe commissioned a report focusing on the stage of development, the working experience and the popularity of gvSIG in French-, German- and English-speaking countries in Africa, Asia and South America. In the report you'll find Web-Links, information on international GIS-exhibitions and gvSIG focal persons. The report is only available in German language and can be found here.

To get even more information about the development and main features of gvSIG please click here or visit the official gvSIG Webpage under www.gvsig.org.