The current stable release of GPlates is GPlates 1.3, released in May 2013.
(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 Lion (10.7) 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)
GPlates is free software (also known as open-source software), licensed for distribution under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
Researchers in the EarthByte Project have made GPlates-compatible data available for use with GPlates.
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 Centre for Geodynamics at the Norwegian Geological Survey 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!
Researchers in the California Institute of Technology have made GPlates-compatible data available for use with GPlates; in particular:
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.