Manifold Viewer

Downloads for Windows

Viewer is Free

selected French cities and provinces

Manifold Viewer is a read-only subset of Manifold Release 9. Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data. Manifold Viewer is built on the Manifold engine so Viewer retains Manifold parallel CPU speed and Manifold parallel SQL. Viewer is free to download and use. See the Viewer home page for an overview.

Please Read Carefully

This page provides installation files for Manifold Viewer, a free product. Manifold viewer runs on all recent Windows versions.

If you are looking for installation files for Manifold Release 9, Radian Studio or Manifold Release 8:

Free updates: To update a Manifold Viewer installation to the lastest release, download and install the current Manifold Viewer version from the links below. Viewer will automaticall update. Manifold Viewer is a subset of Manifold Release 9 and Viewer updates automatically incorporate the latest Release 9 updates.

Image at right: Buildings in Monaco extracted from OpenStreetMap, colored on the fly by Viewer and displayed on a Canvas Dark theme ArcGIS REST server background.

For enthusiasts: Viewer Edge is the Manifold Viewer edition of Release 9 Edge, the latest, Cutting Edge build of Manifold Release 9 that incorporates many new capabilities and features. Release 9 Edge builds are issued every week as the community helps evolve the next generation of Manifold products. Viewer Edge builds are so reliable that many Viewer users routinely use Viewer Edge. Download it from the link below.

Self Support

No Support: Manifold Viewer is free software that is not supported in any way by Manifold. Hey, it's free!

How to Download and Install

  • Viewer requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or more recent. Most newer Windows systems include .NET. If your system does not have .NET, scroll down this page for links to free .NET Framework downloads.
  • If you are running 64-bit Windows, download the 64-bit Viewer .exe installation file by clicking on the button below and double-click on it to launch a typical Windows installation.
  • If you are running 32-bit Windows, you must use the 32-bit Viewer installation. Download the 32-bit Viewer .exe installation file and double-click on it to launch the installation.
  • The portable Viewer installation is a zip file for skilled users that does not use Windows Installer. Unzip and run directly from the .exe files in the hierarchy it creates. Read the Installations topic for a discussion of portable installations and expert level prerequisites.
  • Flag buttons below provide mirror links that may provide faster downloads depending upon your location.
  • False alarms from anti-virus programs are common. The SHA checksums published below guarantee safe downloads. Use the SHA checksum to verify the download is safe and virus-free.
  • Uninstall any prior Viewer installation before installing a new Manifold Viewer installation. Viewer will co-exist with and can be installed on the same system as Manifold Release 9 or Manifold Release 8.
  • After installation, save the .exe file for future use. Windows may need it some day to uninstall or to repair an installation.

Viewer Edge for 64-bit and 32-bit Windows (Self-Contained Zip File)

Portable Installation
SHA256: 5e807693c2296106546bb5a123229efbbe3db462cdfa5f7777a123021945578a

Viewer Edge: Get the latest, Cutting Edge edition of Viewer. Viewer Edge is based on Release 9 Edge, the Cutting Edge build of Manifold Release 9, providing access to the latest improvements. Enthusiasts should visit the Cutting Edge section of the user forum to read about cutting edge installations that provide new features and bug fixes as soon as they are issued by Engineering.

Viewer Edge is a portable installation. Cool! See the Future Tour Part 1 video to learn how to download and use a portable installation. Read the Installations topic for a discussion of portable installations.

Manifold Viewer for 64-bit Windows

For 64-bit Manifold Release 9 Installations


SHA256: 04dcb29f11fb03fbc367916f4aa135fe5f7e7d7bd820ae41e8f9208c87461ae6

Manifold Viewer for 32-bit Windows

For 32-bit Manifold Release 9 Installations


SHA256: 1bf9d1826b23f9ef3510b7a9bb41bbd97c3f2658235f419fc92cc922afadec7b

Portable Viewer Installation (Self-Contained Zip File)

For Portable Manifold Release 9 Installations

SHA256: d0c4e4b22521eda28372dd906b9cb41fe008af7aaef2f5bbcb4ac91e8317dcee

Microsoft Visual C++ for Portable Installations

The portable Manifold Viewer and Viewer Edge installation packages require installation of Microsoft's Visual C++ Redistributable package. This is not necessary for Viewer .exe installation packages, which include the C++ Redistributable package and will install if required. Many modern Windows systems will already have this installed. If not yet installed, portable installation users should download Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable installation files from the Microsoft VC Downloads page.

On 64-bit Windows system, install both vc_redist.x64.exe (64-bit) and vc_redist.x86.exe (32-bit). On a 32-bit Windows system, install vc_redist.x86.exe (32-bit).


  • Viewer uses Release 9 documentation. All Manifold Release 9 documentation is online. See the Documentation page.

Miscellaneous Downloads

  • (2304 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project with a pre-built map showing the path of the August 21 total eclipse through the United State, with times of totality in local time. Uses Bing and Google background maps. Perfect for beginners. How to use this map is illustrated in the Release 9 / Viewer YouTube Video on the 2017 Total Eclipse Map.
  • (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing a collection of ArcGIS REST web server data sources. Useful for ESRI people and others, and provides an outstanding example of the very wide range of free data available online that Viewer can see.
  • (12992 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing a beginner-friendly, pre-formatted and pre-organized map that shows archaeological locations in France, including dolmen, menhir, Roman amphitheaters and many other sites. A must have for archaeology and Classics hobbyists visiting France. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Archaeology in France.
  • (6528 KB) - A Release 9 format .map file providing the Books example database used in Chris Fehily's "SQL Database Programming (2015 Edition)," another fine Fehily book on SQL.
  • (6592 KB) - A Release 9 format .map file providing the Books example database used in Chris Fehily's first-rate book, "SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide," a great book for learning SQL rapidly.
  • (14731 KB) - A zipped Release 9 format .map file providing the floodzone and parcels map used in the Release 9 / Viewer YouTube Video on Parallel Clipping Speed. Try it yourself as shown in the video and see how Release 9's ability to use all the CPU cores in your computer lets Release 9 run many times faster than non-parallel GIS or spatial DBMS systems like SQL Server, PostGIS or Spatialite.
  • (9590 KB) - A zipped set of shapefiles file providing query texts for Release 9, PostGIS, SQL Server and Spatialite, plus shapefiles for the floodzone and parcels layers used in the Release 9 / Viewer YouTube Video on Parallel Clipping Speed. Try out Viewer running fully parallel on your computer and note the time required for the query, and then import these shapefiles and try the queries in your favorite GIS or spatial DBMS to see how fast those take on the same system.
  • eg_layers_tutorial.mxb (9 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format used in the Example: Layers Tutorial topic in the Release 9 user manual.
  • (655 KB) - Font Awesome is everybody's favorite professionally-crafted symbol font, providing 675 symbols for points to use in Release 9, as shown in the Manifold Future - Style Introduction video. Visit the Font Awesome site for even more.
  • hill_shaded_Lake_Wales_Ridge.mxb (5946 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that appears in the Gallery page and is also used in the Style: Autocontrast and Example: Autocontrast and Hill Shading Images using Style topics in the Release 9 user manual.
  • import_dem_SDTS.mxb (2304 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that appears in the Gallery page and is also used in the Transform Templates - Images and Example: Import DDF SDTS DEM Raster File topics in the Release 9 user manual.
  • JOSM (1088 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing approximately 60 web server data sources using various protocols, including TMS, that are available for immediate use in 9. Data sources come from a list of openly available and usable web servers for creating new features for OpenStreetMap, and are pre-configured to include a JOSM API key, when required, for such uses. Also includes Amazon free elevation tile servers. Provides an outstanding example of the very wide range of free data available online that Viewer can see.
  • (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the Charles County, Maryland, LiDAR data sources to re-create the LiDAR display used in the Gallery and other illustrations and in the example in the Viewer YouTube Videos.
  • (5248 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the Neolithic monuments data set used in YouTube Videos demonstrating Viewer. Useful not only for repeating the videos at home but also for hunting Neolithic relics in France. Cool!
  • (5184 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the regions of France, cities and Roman roads layers used in YouTube video examples on the Manifold Sales YouTube channel.
  • (33280 KB) - A new version of the that has been updated to 2017 and expanded with even more meteorites. A Release 9 format .map project providing a beginner-friendly, pre-formatted and pre-organized map that shows locations of meteorites found on Earth, including meteorites of lunar and Martian origin. A must have for meteorite hunters worldwide to enable planning of more successful meteorite hunts. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Hunting Meteorites. Special thanks to the Meteoritical Society for providing this snapshot of the Meteoritical Bulletin Database!
  • Mexico_queries.mxb (681 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing the Mexico map used in the Drawings and Queries video.
  • (1272 KB) - A zipfile containing two Release 9 format .maps containing example layers for Monaco imported from OSM, as seen in the Manifold Future videos demonstrating the new Style and formatting system. One video shows starting, unformatted data while the other shows example formatting as shown in the videos.
  • select_by_topology_video.mxb (874 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb file containing the project used in the Point and Click Select by Topology video.
  • temp-databases.mxb (33 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb file containing the project used in the Temporary Databases User Manual topic.
  • three_countries_freepdf.pdf (120 KB) and three_countries_end_freepdf.pdf (133 KB) - Two PDF files created using the FreePDF print-to-PDF pacakge. These show the "Three Countries" layout at the beginning of the example and the end of the example in the Layouts topic.
  • trace_areas_SJC.mxb (44 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb format project as used in the Manifold 9 - Trace Vector Areas from Raster Pixels Manifold Gallery video. Also includes the example query that shows how to use INNER JOIN to bring data from a lookup table into another table.
  • uber (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map containing the snippet of SQL required to convert CSV data downloaded from Uber Movement into spatial geometry form for display and analysis. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Uber Movement Data.
  • (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map providing a project with access to the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination) server run by USGS to provide a consolidated set of layers that support fighting wildfires. The project contains a pre-built map designed for beginners to use that shows the current perimeters of wildfires (updated daily) and near real time displays of wildfires detected by MODIS and VIIRS satellite sensing. Use the free Manifold Viewer download to open and work with this project.
  • world.mxb (1221 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb format project as used in the Example: Compare Sizes of Countries topic. Provides a simple world map using Latitude / Longitude projection.

Manifold Release 9 Localization Files - Viewer can use Manifold Release 9 localization files to adapt the GUI to languages other than English. Click on the link at left to download a zip file containing a comprehensive German user interface localization file plus starter example localization files for French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The portable Manifold Release 9 installation contains the latest, up-to-date English reference version from which any localization can start. See the Localization page for instructions on how to use these files. 

DLLs for Popular Open Source DBMS Packages

Google .webp example with no background layer

The MySQL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and GPKG/SQLite/Spatialite packages are third party, open source packages which require installation of necessary files within the execution PATH of your system. If you are an expert user of MySQL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, or GPKG/SQLite/Spatialite you know the drill and have already installed all necessary DLLs. For everyone else, Manifold provides the following sample collections of DLLs for these packages:

The easiest way to install these for use with Release 9 Edge, Viewer Edge, Manifold Release 9 or Manifold Viewer is to unzip the appropriate package within the bin or the bin64 folder of the Manifold installation folder. Unzip within the bin64 folder and unzip within the bin folder.

The above packages of DLLs are not supported and are infrequently updated. They provide an example of what DLLs are usually required and where they should be placed. Visit the official web sites of the package of interest to learn about and to download the latest DLLs required.

Images at right: Google .webp examples imaged in Viewer, with and without white background layer to demonstrate the .webp format's alpha channel transparency capability.

SHA Checksums Guarantee Safe Packages

Google .webp example with white background layer

Worried about viruses? Got a false alarm from an anti-virus package? Use SHA checksums to put your mind at ease by confirming you have a safe installation package.

Manifold Viewer installation packages do NOT contain malware. Use the SHA checksum provided for each download package to confirm your installation package has not been infected and contains no malware. Normally, there is no need to do that unless your anti-virus program reports a problem. Anti-virus programs often report false alarms on perfectly-clean, virus-free files. False alarms are easy to check.

If your anti-virus program reports a problem with a Manifold installation file, you can verify that is a false alarm by using any popular tool (7zip, Microsoft, etc.) to compute the SHA checksum for the installation package you are using. If that SHA checksum matches the SHA checksum published for that package, you know for sure the anti-virus package reported a false alarm.

Windows 10 and other recent Windows editions include the certutil command line utility that will verify the SHA256 checksum for a file. To use certutil open a Command Prompt window and navigate to the folder where the file to be checked is located. Enter the following command line, for example, to check the 32-bit Manifold installation package:

certutil -hashfile manifold-9.0.159.msi SHA256

The utility will provide a computed SHA256 hash code (another name for checksum) for the file:

SHA256 hash of file manifold-9.0.159.msi:
1d 65 79 c2 b7 2f aa 99 7f 40 2c c5 1f 92 80 de 73 0c 4f 4a 4c c5 d2 59 bf 74 7e 79 b8 d4 e0 71
CertUtil: -hashfile command completed successfully.

Compare the SHA256 checksum reported by the certutil utility to the checksum published on this page, ignoring spaces. If they are the same, you know for sure the file you have downloaded is safe.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0+

.NET is already installed on newer Windows systems. If your Windows system does not have .NET installed, download and install .NET Framework from these Microsoft links:

Technical Support

The free downloads on this page are provided without technical support. Some downloads are large and require reliable Internet connections. Downloads are provided for those folks who have sufficiently reliable Internet connections and who have the minimal technical skills required to use their browsers to download a file, to unzip a zipfile, double-click an installation file to run it, etc., without assistance. If you require assistance, please ask a more technical colleague for help, retain a consultant, or contact Manifold Technical Support using a paid standard tech support token as set forth in the Contacting Tech Support page.

How to Buy Technical Support Services

Purchase technical support products via the the Online Store. Purchase the technical support product and you will receive by email tech support tokens of the number and class (standard or developer) you purchased. You can then use them when contacting tech support by email.

Contacting Technical Support

Please carefully read the Contacting Technical Support page for complete information on contacting technical support. Support inquiries sent to sales will not only delay a fast and effective solution, they will also waste support tokens.

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