I am new to GIS application world. I would like to ask what are the other alternatives to UMN MapServer in the market preferably open source?


Geoserver probably is the most known option among the open-source feature server applications. However, I personally use MapServer.

Here you can check some info about both applications:

  1. http://www.slideshare.net/ssuser185516/mapserver-vs-geoserver-16107836
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2670361/mapserver-vs-geoserver
  3. http://anitagraser.com/2010/06/08/geoserver-vs-mapserver/

To answer your second question (about commercial GIS apps), the "Mercedes Benz" of the GIS applications is ArcGis (based on some lists such as http://www.gisdoctor.com/site/gis-help/commercial-gis-software/).

However, I think you can achieve lot of GIS capabilities with two open-source software projects, these are:

  1. QGis
  2. GRASS

Wikipedia is a good source to search for more open-source and commercial applications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geographic_information_systems_software

Hope this helps,

  • Thank you so much for the detailed answer. it helped me a lot
    – basheer
    Oct 28 '13 at 13:00
  • @Grey I would like aslo to ask if you know some commercial GIS application similar to GeoServer and MapServer ??
    – basheer
    Oct 28 '13 at 14:23
  • @basheer you're welcome, please refer to my above answer about your 2nd question.
    – Gery
    Oct 28 '13 at 18:33

MapGuide opensource is, like MapServer, a cartographic engine server-side.


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