List of free geology software

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This is a list of free and open source software for geological data handling and interpretation. The list is split into broad categories, depending on the intended use of the software and its scope of functionality.

Notice that 'free and open source' requires that the source code is available. Simple being 'free of charge' is not sufficient—see gratis versus libre.

Geosciences software platforms[edit]

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
GeoTriple for Oil&Gas Exploration

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Geo-sciences Software platform (data management, display and process) Geoforge project LGPL Cross-platform Java Interfaces with WorldWind and JFreeChart

Geostatistics[edit]

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
Gstat[2] Geostatistical modeling and simulation Utrecht University GPL Cross-platform Interfaces with GRASS
gslib[3] Geostatistical modeling and simulation Stanford University MIT Fortran 77

Forward modeling[edit]

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
Virtual Geoscience Workbench[4] Finite-discrete element modeler Jiansheng Xiang and others LGPL Windows C#, C++

Geomodeling[edit]

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
GeoSyntax[5] Reservoir modeling Pavel Vassiliev GPL Microsoft Windows Embarcadero Delphi
GeoBlock[6] Reservoir modeling Pavel Vassiliev MPL Microsoft Windows Embarcadero Delphi Exact terms not clear
GeoTrace[7] Tracer modeling Muhammed Celik Microsoft Windows Visual Basic Exact terms not clear

Visualization, interpretation & analysis packages[edit]

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
Dapple[8] Virtual globe for geoscientists Geosoft Inc. MIT Windows Originated in NASA World Wind
Generic Mapping Tools[9] Map generation and analysis Lamont-Doherty and University of Hawaii GPL Cross-platform C Implemented in OpendTect
GPlates[10] Interactive visualization of plate tectonics University of Sydney, Caltech, NGU GPL Cross-platform Implements GPML
OpenStereo[11] Geoscience plotting tool Carlos Grohmann, University of São Paulo GPL Cross-platform Python Depends on NumPy and Matplotlib
OpendTect[12] Geoscience interpretation and visualization dGB Earth Sciences GPL or custom Cross-platform C++ Interfaces with GMT
ParaViewGeo[13] Geoscience extension of ParaView Includes readers and filters Kitware ParaView, Objectivity Originally MIRARCO BSD Cross-platform C++, Python Adds specific readers, stereo toolbar, slideshow capability and mining and geology oriented filters to Paraview

Geographic information systems (GIS)[edit]

This important class of tools is already listed in the article List of GIS software.

Not true free and open source projects[edit]

The following projects have unknown licensing, licenses or other conditions which place some restriction on use or redistribution, or which depend on non-open-source software like MATLAB or XVT (and therefore do not meet the Open Source Definition from the Open Source Initiative).

Name Description Originator License Platforms Language Notes
VGeST[14] Discontinuum modeling ICL and QMUL Not obvious Microsoft Windows C#? Previously known as VGW
Javageo[15] Multidisciplinary interpretation tool Goen Ghin Not clear Cross-platform Java (software platform)
Noddy[16] 3D geological and geophysical modeling Tectask, IUGS Custom permissive license Microsoft Windows C++ Uses proprietary XVT libraries; requires (free) registration
RGeostats[17] Geostatistical R Package Didier Renard (Mines-Paristech) LICENSE Cross-platform R (programming language) Free R Package
Flumy[18] Forward reservoir models for meandering channelized systems ARMINES - Mines-Paristech LICENSE Cross-platform C++ Free demonstration version

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