The current stable release of GPlates is GPlates 1.5, released in February 2015.
(the latest “stable” release)
GPlates runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X. We provide ready-to-use binary executables for both Windows and MacOS X, enabling a GPlates user to download, install and use the latest version of GPlates immediately. The binaries also include the GPlates-compatible data described below.
.msibinary installer. Running this installer program will install GPlates on your system. We also provide a
.zipfile, containing the GPlates executable and its dependency files, for users who wish to use GPlates without installing it.
.dmgfile. We also provide a 64-bit bundle for Snow Leopard (10.6) or above. To install GPlates, simply:
.dmgfile to open the disk image in Finder
.debpackages for 64 and 32-bit architectures. To install GPlates, simply download the appropriate package for your system and double-click to install.
We provide source-code packages for Windows (the
zip-files) and Linux and MacOS X (the
unixsrc tarballs). The
source-code packages contain simple sample data, but the larger data files
(described below) will need to be downloaded separately. To compile GPlates
from source, you will require:
Instructions on how to compile GPlates from source may be found in the GPlates source-code releases, in the files:
BUILD.OSX(on MacOS X)
A sample set of these data-files are also contained within the GPlates installation packages, and will be automatically installed with GPlates. Thanks to the EarthByte Project for making these data-files available!
Researchers in the Geodynamics Team at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), and the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo have made GPlates-compatible data available for use with GPlates; in particular:
These data-files are also contained within the GPlates installation packages, and will be automatically installed with GPlates. Thanks to Bernhard Steinberger and the Centre for Geodynamics for making these data-files available!
These data files, along with a corresponding paper, can be found here.
To load the global coastline file and the rotation file in GPlates:
To load a sequence of time-dependent raster images (for example, Bernhard Steinberger's dynamic topography images) in GPlates:
An animated screenshot of these data-sets may be found in the Animations section of the Screenshots page.