Is there any Open Source GIS Software for Android in which we can perform Various Geoprocessing Operations (like buffering, union and intersection) and that should be customizable e.g.: what we do in QGIS which is Desktop Based.

  • search GISse > gis.stackexchange.com/questions/12452/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 15:18
  • Thanxx, But I have already seen this link here in gvSIG Mini (gvSIG Mini is a map viewer for mobile phones that allows to access free map services based on tiles such as: OpenStreetMap, Yahoo Maps, Microsoft Bing and others.) so can we perform the Geoprocessing operation using this
    – Vicky
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 15:31
  • Those operations may be a bit too ressources consuming for the type of hardware Android devices usually have, I would suggest instead [if your requirements allow it] to run them on a webserver (e.g. use PostGIS) and make a web application that Android can use. The added benefit is that you'll have a cross-OS application without having to make one software per OS.
    – wildpeaks
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 16:07
  • processing can be done on the backend server (like postgres/postgis)
    – Mapperz
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 16:19
  • Thanks both of you .. Even I was thinking of the same thing....
    – Vicky
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 16:28

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There was a QGIS Android project as part of this year's Google Summer of Code. Marco Bernasocchi was the author, and although it is largely a work in progress, he has managed to get the basics working on an Android tablet. Just search QGIS Android and you'll come up with several links to mailing list posts, his blog, and download links.

For a proper useable GIS with groprocessing, this is your best (rather, only) option, but it is in the very early stages so you will have to wait until Marco gets more time/funding, or someone carries on development.

  • ya even i was going through that google summer code weekely assignments .. But In that i found that any how we can install the qgis on android but what about the customisation part (using python)..
    – Vicky
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 17:10
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    for reference although an old question, the work in progress has meanwhile matured a lot and is called QField.org Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 8:04

I have recently been pursuing research in the same area as you, and have found that there are not currently any open source mobile GIS APIs around that would be suitable to building a client application specifically supported for Android. I did come across BeeGIS but have not had an opportunity to spend any time with it.

Additionally you can refer to this question.


You can try NASA WorldWind. They just started android support with the help of QinetiQ‘s QGlobe team.


I wanted to mention anywhere GIS by rockwell spatial for android and available at google play. While not a total gis package it does allow for some functionality in data gathering. You create data forms in google forms which the app loads and integrates position gathered by smart phone gps (in my case i used bluetooth gps unit with additional app call bluetooth gps to save on data plan). Each data set gathered is then saved in the cloud. It also provides ability to take pictures as well providing a link to photo uploaded.

As a land surveyor i built a form that i used to catalog boundary evidence found in the field noting type, condition, size and other notes. It was waiting form me on my google drive when i got back to the office. A little table message and the info came right into qgis. Great support and great tutorials as well.


I have compiled a set of opensource GIS tools (Spatialite, GDAL, OGR) for Android. This is for our own 3D map visualisation engine Nutiteq 3D SDK.

It is work in progress, but e.g. Spatialite gives you quite nice set of geoprocessing APIs, derived mostly from GEOS functions: from buffers to basic Djikstra routing. Nutiteq is a development tool, not an application like QGIS. So you would need to implement UI based on your data and requirements, and learn a bit Android Java development. But there are already some developers doing quite generic GIS apps with this, where user can define own WMS, Shapefile layers etc and do spatial queries with this.

QGIS on Android is nice proof of concept, but it is very heavy (near 100MB installer package), and UI is not tablet/phone optimised at all. Nutiteq SDK graphical visualisation core is quite lite and mobile-optimised.


Input App based on QGIS can be used directly on Android/iOS to acquire georeferenced information. Or it can be fully customized since it is open source.

disclaimer: I am one of the developers of the app.

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