Can anybody give guidance to installing Whitebox GIS software on linux?

I have already:

  1. set up a clean xfce4 machine
  2. installed java 8 successfully
  3. unzipped the latest version of whitebox (Iguazu 3.2.1) to the desktop

Whenever I click on the JAR file or try to run through terminal nothing happens...

Am I missing some key dependencies? Any other suggestions?


  • This is specifically about Whitebox GIS software and therefore users of the GIS stack exchange are those most likely to experience the same issues. - edited the question to make GIS link more explicit – washways Oct 10 '14 at 15:34
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    @WhiteboxDev may be able to help here (if it is reopened) or in chat (if it is not) – Erica Oct 10 '14 at 16:06

It's been quite some time since I've used Linux, but I seem to recall two general ways of launching Java programs.

  1. It can be launched from the command line as you would on any other system:

java -jar /full-path-to/WhiteboxGIS.jar

  1. Navigate to the Whitebox folder. Right click the WhiteboxGIS.jar and select 'Properties'. Mark the file as executable (i.e. set the executable bit). You may have to associate the jar extension with Java on your system, if it isn't already. After this point, you should be able to launch it by double-clicking WhiteboxGIS.jar as you would normally.

I hope that helps.

  • I was installing on a remote machine with only 512KB RAM. This is why it did not work. Scaled up and everything works perfectly! – washways Oct 11 '14 at 20:12
  • Great, I'm glad to hear it. I haven't heard of a computer with only 512KB (MB?) of RAM in a very, very long time! – WhiteboxDev Oct 12 '14 at 0:32
  • oops. 512Mb. Now I have access to 64Gb.... should be good – washways Oct 12 '14 at 14:43

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