The set of base functionality provided for all configurations of GeoWave

accumulo, cassandra, dynamodb, geoserver, geospatial-data, geowave, hbase, java




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GeoWave is an open source set of software that:

  • Capabilities
    • Adds multi-dimensional indexing capability to Apache Accumulo
    • Adds support for geographic objects and geospatial operators to Apache Accumulo
    • Provides Map-Reduce input and output formats for distributed processing and analysis of geospatial data
  • Geospatial software plugins
    • GeoServer plugin to allow geospatial data in Accumulo to be shared and visualized via OGC standard services
    • PDAL plugin for working with point cloud data
    • Mapnik plugin for generating map tiles and generally making good looking maps.

Basically, GeoWave is working to bridge geospatial software with distributed compute systems.

The Docs

The Software


Some GeoWave rendered eye candy

Geolife data at city scale

Geolife data at block scale

OSM GPX tracks at country scale

See Screenshots in the documentation for more information.

Supported versions of core libraries

We work to maintain a N and N-1 tested and supported version pace for the following core libraries.

Geoserver Geotools Accumulo Hadoop PDAL Mapnik Java
2.6.x, 2.7.x 12.x, 13.x 1.5.x, 1.6.x 2.x 0.9.9 master (pull request pending) Java7, Java8
  • Apache Maven 3.x or greater is required for building
  • Java Advanced Imaging and Java Image I/O should both be installed on Geoserver (licensing prohibits us redistributing)
    • At the time of writing, Oracle is migrating Java projects around and these links are subject to change. Read the INSTALL files to determine the download file name for different operating systems and architectures. They are stored in the same directory as the INSTALL file. Here are some common download locations.
    • Java Advanced Imaging
    • Java Image I/O
  • See our .travis.yml file for the currently tested build matrix.


GeoWave was developed at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in collaboration with RadiantBlue Technologies and Booz Allen Hamilton. The government has "unlimited rights" and is releasing this software to increase the impact of government investments by providing developers with the opportunity to take things in new directions. The software use, modification, and distribution rights are stipulated within the Apache 2.0 license.


All pull request contributions to this project will be released under the Apache 2.0 or compatible license. Software source code previously released under an open source license and then modified by NGA staff is considered a "joint work" (see 17 USC § 101); it is partially copyrighted, partially public domain, and as a whole is protected by the copyrights of the non-government authors and must be released according to the terms of the original open source license.

Everything else

Check out our talk at the 2015 Accumulo Summit.

Did I mention our documentation!