Whitebox GAT

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WhiteboxTools is an advanced geospatial data analysis platform developed at the University of Guelph's Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group (GHRG). The project began in January 2017 and quickly evolved in terms of its analytical capabilities.

  • Contains more than 395 tools for processing various types of geospatial data.
  • Many tools operate in parallel, taking full advantage of your multi-core processor.
  • Written in the safe and cross-platform systems programming language Rust and compiled to highly efficient native code.
  • Small stand-alone application with no external dependencies, making installation as easy as downloading the 8Mb zip file and decompressing it.
  • Simple yet powerful Python scripting interface that allows users to develop custom scripted workflows.
  • Embed WhiteboxTools functions into heterogeneous scripting environments along with ArcPy, GDAL, and other geoprocessing libraries.
  • Serves as an analytical back-end for other GIS and remote sensing software (e.g. the QGIS Whitebox for Processing plugin).
  • Permissive MIT open-source license allows for ready integration with other software.
  • Transparent software philosophy allows for easy source code inspection and rapid innovation and development.


Command line client freely available to all users. Modules:



Permissive MIT open-source license


You can load the module via the command

module add whitebox_tools-0.13.0

This makes available the path to the program binaries, libraries and manual pages.


Documentation is available at https://jblindsay.github.io/wbt_book/intro.html

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