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.


Permissive MIT open-source license


Upcoming modulesystem change alert!

Due to large number of applications and their versions it is not practical to keep them explicitly listed at our wiki pages. Therefore an upgrade of modulefiles is underway. A feature of this upgrade will be the existence of default module for every application. This default choice does not need version number and it will load some (usually latest) version.

You can test the new version now by adding a line

source /cvmfs/software.metacentrum.cz/modulefiles/5.1.0/loadmodules

to your script before loading a module. Then, you can list all versions of whitebox_tools and load default version of whitebox_tools as

module avail whitebox_tools/ # list available modules
module load whitebox_tools   # load (default) module

If you wish to keep up to the current system, it is still possible. Simply list all modules by

module avail whitebox_tools

and choose explicit version you want to use.


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