GPlates is a plate tectonics program. Manipulate reconstructions of geological and paleogeographic features through geological time. Interactively visualize vector, raster and volume data. PyGPlates is the GPlates Python library. Get fine-grained access to GPlates functionality in your Python scripts.

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What is GPlates?

GPlates is desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate tectonics.

GPlates offers a novel combination of interactive plate tectonic reconstructions, geographic information system (GIS) functionality and raster data visualisation. GPlates enables both the visualisation and the manipulation of plate tectonic reconstructions and associated data through geological time. GPlates runs on Windows, Linux and macOS. GPlates has an online user manual.

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

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Why GPlates?

Open source and free

Easy to use

Fast and reliable

Extensive open-access data and models

Wide-ranging interoperability with other software

Used by educators, researchers, and industries

Professional software development team

Müller, R. D., Cannon, J., Qin, X., Watson, R. J., Gurnis, M., Williams, S., et al. 2018. GPlates: Building a virtual Earth through deep time. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19. doi:10.1029/2018GC007584.More >>

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The GPlates Python library (pyGPlates) enables access to GPlates functionality via the Python programming language.


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The GPlates Web Portal is a gateway to a series of web pages for the interactive visualisation of cutting-edge geoscience datasets.

GPlates Web Portal

GPlates Web Service Screenshot
The GPlates Web Service interface allows users to access plate tectonics reconstruction services via Internet.

GPlates Web Service

Who are we?

EarthByte People

Funded by AuScope

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Latest News


April 07, 2021


We are very excited to announce the launch of the newly designed GPlates website. Visit the new website at After a few months of team work and dedication, we have made the new GPlates website more responsive and more mobile-friendly.

As the development team of the GPlates open source project, our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to know GPlates, download data and learn how to use it. The new website is a good way to present and promote the GPlates open source software. And it is also a fantastic source of information about the plate tectonic software and research.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please leave a message at our forum.

Thank you!

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