I have to run the Whitebox on Linux system, but I am new to use Linux. Therefore, I do not know how to run the whitebox software on Linux. The followings are what I tried to run the software:

~/Desktop/rhessys/Whitebox_3_2_1$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_31"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_31-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.31-b07, mixed mode)
~/Desktop/rhessys/Whitebox_3_2_1$ ls
lib  logs  README.TXT  ReleaseNotes.txt  resources  WhiteboxGIS.jar
~/Desktop/rhessys/Whitebox_3_2_1$ java -jar  WhiteboxGIS.jar

After typing "java -jar WhiteboxGIS.jar", the software was no response. Or it was running? If it is running how can put data into the whitebox to calculate?

  • What Linux OS are you trying to run Whitebox GAT on?
    – SaultDon
    Feb 20, 2015 at 21:26
  • And give the suggestions from this answer a shot too: gis.stackexchange.com/a/116904/1297
    – SaultDon
    Feb 20, 2015 at 21:28
  • Thanks for your reply. I already tried what you suggested. I typed the commands in terminal, but it looked like same with what I have posted. By the way, how to figure out which type of Linux? I am using a network of high performance computers. Feb 20, 2015 at 21:59

1 Answer 1


For the text message in your command line, I can observe the last java version ("1.8.0_31"; recommended for the last version of Whitebox GAT 'Iguazu' v. 3.2.1) and the correct unziped directory (Whitebox_3_2_1). However, the suitable command to launch the program is:

java -jar "WhiteboxGIS.jar"

as it is in the README.txt file y not:

"java -jar WhiteboxGIS.jar"

as it is written in your message.

On the other hand, is convenient that you previously run this command:

chmod +x WhiteboxGIS.jar

to ensure that 'WhiteboxGIS.jar' will be an executable file. Linux 'Flavor' is irrelevant in this context because Whitebox GAT was conceived as portable software; independently of the operative system.

In my GNU/Debian system, with 1.8.0_31 java version and in the Whitebox_3_2_1 directory ('Iguazu' version), I launched Whitebox with this command:

java -jar "WhiteboxGIS.jar"

and this was the result:

enter image description here

You may wish to place a shortcut to the .jar file on your desktop for easier access.

  • chmod +x WhiteboxGIS.jar is most likely they answer. But in some cases it would of helped to know the Linux OS because some distros have a package available for WhiteboxGAT.
    – SaultDon
    Feb 22, 2015 at 23:14
  • Thanks. I tried your suggestion, but it did not work. No matter which types of command line I typed, I got the same results. There was no above interface coming out. The followings are about the Linux OS: LSB Version:base-4.0-amd64:base-4.0-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-noarch:graphics-4.0-amd64:graphics-4.0-noarch:printing-4.0-amd64:printing-4.0-noarch Linux orc129 2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Aug 28 17:19:38 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I think may be I need to compile the codes of the software and then run it. Am I right? Feb 23, 2015 at 20:45
  • @Junting Guo Please, run the comand:ls -l WhiteboxGIS.jar and post the result.
    – xunilk
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:27
  • @xunilk:[junting@orc129 Whitebox_3_2_1]$ ls -l WhiteboxGIS.jar -rwxr-xr-x 1 junting icreed 1015939 Sep 18 19:06 WhiteboxGIS.jar Feb 23, 2015 at 21:31
  • @Junting Guo: You have the privileges for running this software. It is very strange that you can not.
    – xunilk
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:45

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