Download Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools
Whitebox GAT is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3. The action of downloading this software carries with it an implicit agreement to abide by the terms of the license.
Running Whitebox GAT
Whitebox has been developed for the Java platform. As such, users will need to have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 8.0 or higher installed and operating on their computers. If you experience an error when you first try to launch the program, you likely do not have the JRE installed on your machine. Whitebox is tested on Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux, and will likely work on any operating system supported by the JRE.
Installing Whitebox should be as easy as downloading the zipped file below and unzipping it onto a local directory on your computer. Because Whitebox does not need an installation program, it will run off of a USB pen drive, which is ideal for teaching. To launch Whitebox double-click on the WhiteboxGIS.jar file within the uncompressed Whitebox directory. A jar file is the equivalent of a exe file on Windows and should automatically run once double-clicked if the JRE is properly installed. Your system must be configured to execute .jar files by double-clicking but this is usually the case by default. On computers running linux, you may have to set the execution bit. You may wish to place a shortcut to the .jar file on your desktop for easier access. NOTE: Microsoft Windows users may prefer to launch Whitebox GAT by double-clicking the Whitebox.bat file, also contained within the Whitebox folder.
Whitebox can also be launched from the
command-line by changing the working directory to the Whitebox
directory (within your operating system’s terminal application) and
java -jar WhiteboxGIS.jar