Download GPlates and Data

Download GPlates


The current stable release of GPlates is GPlates 1.4, released in April 2014.

Download Download GPlates 1.4
(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.

We provide source-code packages for Windows (the winsrc 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:

GPlates is free software (also known as open-source software), licensed for distribution under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Download GPlates-compatible data


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.

Load data in GPlates


To load the global coastline file and the rotation file in GPlates:

  1. Download each data file and save it to disk.
  2. Pull down the GPlates File menu.
  3. Select the operation Open Feature Collection….

To load a sequence of time-dependent raster images (for example, Bernhard Steinberger's dynamic topography images) in GPlates:

  1. Download the file “dynamic-topography.zip”, save it to disk, and unzip it.
  2. Pull down the GPlates File menu and select the operation Import Time-dependent Raster….
  3. Click the Add Directory button.
  4. Choose the “jpg” folder inside the “dynamic topography” folder. (Don't browse into the “jpg” folder; instead, click the folder once to select it, then press the Choose button.)
  5. Choose the Next button of the dialog to finish the import wizard.

An animated screenshot of these data-sets may be found in the Animations section of the Screenshots page.

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