Manifold Viewer

Connect to Everything - See Everything - Answer Questions

Faster Insights

GPU and CPU Parallel - Sixteen CPU cores or six thousand GPU cores, Viewer uses all of them for true parallel computation and massively parallel speed. View 300,000 x 200,000 pixel images. Amazing!


Easy to Use

Effortless Power - Viewer is a free subset of Release 9, Manifold's hyperfast, brutally powerful, automatically parallel GIS. Pan and zoom 100 GB data effortlessly. Browse big data even expensive GIS can't handle.


All Formats

Hundreds of Choices - See and use data from many sources at once using hundreds of raster, vector, and table formats, DBMS servers and web servers. Enjoy automatically parallel SQL for DBMS with phenomenal analytic power.

More Than a Viewer

View huge images, raster data, and vector data, and do much, much more. Free!

Manifold Viewer is a read-only subset of Manifold Release 9, Manifold's new GIS that blends geospatial and traditional data capabilities within a single, all-inclusive GIS product. Although Viewer cannot write projects or save edited data back out to the original data sources, Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data in tables, vector geometry, raster data, drawings, maps and images from thousands of different sources. Viewer can open multiple sources at once to blend, extract, transform, analyze, validate, visualize and explore your data. Viewer retains many of Release 9's abilities to transform data and combine it with other data sets for visualization. Viewer's huge capacity and speed - hundreds of GB on your desktop, will keep up with the fastest Enterprise DBMS and run ahead of all others. Manifold Viewer is built on the Release 9 engine so Viewer retains Release 9 parallel CPU speed and Release 9 parallel SQL.

"My user in the next room is very enthusiastic about using Manifold Viewer for this [consulting a 247 MB parcels map]. Prior to this they used a Google Earth layer I created. It seemed great at the time simply because it was visual. They still had to do the calculations manually or in Excel. Documenting the result was hit or miss. They avoided doing this part of their job, because it was tedious. With M9 it is a simple process (opening the elements and rearranging the windows to make a collage of the map, table, and query results) - No manual calculations necessary. They make a Greenshot of the windows and attach that image to the owner's account. I like them using it because with Viewer they can't permanently damage the master file." - Forum post

See the YouTube Videos on the Videos page showing Manifold Viewer in action.

Explore · Blend · Visualize · Connect · Gain Insight · Transform

Point and Click

Easy Wizardry - Automatic templates deliver data engineering genius for spatial and non-spatial data in tables, imagery, vector geometry and more. Many Release 9 templates are retained within Viewer.

Spatial SQL

Infinite Power - By far the world's most sophisticated and powerful Spatial SQL, so breathtakingly strong that even with non-spatial data it exceeds older SQL engines. Viewer provides full Release 9 SQL.

Every Source

Have it All - Viewer can connect to all of the data sources Release 9 understands, including enterprise DBMS like Oracle, web servers like OSM WMS, Bing, Google and ArcREST, all of GDAL/OGR and hundreds more.

Enjoy Parallel Power in a Massively Useful, Free Tool

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Runs Forever

Viewer runs forever with no timeouts, no registration, no ads, no upsell, and no requests for donations. Commerical use is OK. Viewer can connect to everything Release 9 can, just read-only, and you can fire up SQL for massive analytics. You can even open Release 9 projects many levels deep, or open hundreds of other formats.

Online User Manual

Manifold Viewer uses the Release 9 user manual, with hundreds of lavishly illustrated topics and step-by-step examples. Learn Viewer using numerous step-by-step tutorial videos. When reading the manual, keep in mind Viewer is read-only and Viewer does not have some capabilities a paid Release 9 licence provides. Viewer is still cool.

Feel at Home

Use Release 9 localization files for your language! Create and share files for new languages. 


Manifold Viewer is a read-only subset of Manifold Release 9: Viewer cannot save projects and Viewer cannot write or export data to any format or link data sources in read/write mode. Viewer can display, but not edit, files such as shapefiles, databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, ESRI GDB, etc. Viewer can browse and analyze, but not modify, databases.

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

However... We can use Viewer to create amazing displays that we can then use as screenshot images in websites and other publications, and we can copy and paste back and forth between Viewer and other applications. See the Introducing Viewer video for an example. Viewer delivers amazing performance and outstanding usefulness for anyone working with GIS, spatial data, enterprise DBMS or just wanting to connect to the world of rich data around us.

Compared to Release 9

  • Read-only for all data sources.
  • No saves of projects.
  • No exports to any format.
  • No ODBC connection to Viewer.
  • No scripting and no add-ins.
  • No technical support.
  • Free !

Viewer is completely free: no need to register, no advertising, no nagware, no asking for donations. You do NOT need to buy anything to download and use Viewer. It's really free! But, if you like Viewer, you may want to take advantage of special offers on Manifold's commercial products:

Special Offers

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