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The current stable release of GPlates is GPlates 2.3, released in September 2021...

Download GPlates Download GPlates 2.3

(the latest “stable” release)


The current beta release of pyGPlates is pyGPlates 0.36, released in May 2022...

Download pyGPlates Download pyGPlates 0.36

(the latest “beta” release)


GPlates and pyGPlates run on Windows, macOS and Linux.

GPlates binary packages

Ready-to-use binary packages are available to install GPlates on Windows, macOS and Ubuntu. These also include the GPlates-compatible geodata described below.

  • For Windows, we provide an .exe installer for a 64-bit version of GPlates on a 64-bit version of Windows. We also provide a .zip file for users who wish to use GPlates without installing it.
  • For macOS, we provide a .dmg disk image containing a 64-bit version of GPlates for High Sierra (10.13) or above.
    • Note that this works on both Intel (x86_64) and M1 (arm64).
  • For Ubuntu, we provide .deb packages for 64-bit Ubuntu versions (that are currently under support).
    • If you are using a different Linux distribution please use the source code package instead.

Installation instructions for GPlates can be found on the download page.

PyGPlates binary packages

Ready-to-use binary packages are available to install pyGPlates on Windows, macOS and Ubuntu. These do not include the GPlates-compatible geodata.

  • For Windows, we provide a .zip file for each Python version (3.7, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10).
    • Containing 64-bit pyGPlates for use on a 64-bit version of Windows.
  • For macOS on Intel (x86_64), we provide a .zip file for each Python version (3.7, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10).
    • Containing 64-bit pyGPlates for use on an Intel mac running macOS Catalina (10.15) or above.
  • For macOS on M1 (arm64), we provide a .zip file for each Python version (3.7, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10).
    • Containing 64-bit pyGPlates for use on an M1 mac running macOS Big Sur (11) or above.
  • For Ubuntu, we provide a .deb package for each 64-bit Ubuntu version (that is currently under support).
    • The Ubuntu version determines the Python version (eg, Ubuntu Jammy 22.04 uses Python 3.10).
    • If you are using a different Linux distribution please use the source code package instead.

Installation instructions for pyGPlates can be found in the pyGPlates documentation.

GPlates and pyGPlates source code

We provide source-code packages for Windows (in a zip-file), and Linux and macOS (in a tarball). The source-code packages do not contain geodata (described below) which will need to be downloaded separately.

To compile GPlates (or pyGPlates) from source, you will require:

  • Boost 1.35 or above
  • CGAL 4.7 or above (preferably 4.12 or above)
  • CMake 3.10 or above
  • GDAL 1.3.2 or above (preferably 2 or above)
  • GLEW
  • PROJ 4.6 or above (preferably 6 or above)
  • Python 3.7 or above (or 2.7)
  • Qt 5.6 or above
  • Qwt 6.0.1 or above (preferably 6.1 or above)

Instructions on how to compile GPlates (or pyGPlates) from source may be found in the source-code releases, in the files:

  • DEPS.Linux and BUILD.Linux (on Linux)
  • DEPS.OSX and BUILD.OSX (on macOS)
  • DEPS.Windows and BUILD.Windows (on Windows)

Please note that you should not attempt to compile GPlates from the pyGPlates source code. Or attempt to compile pyGPlates from the GPlates source code.

GPlates (and pyGPlates) 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. This data has been updated for the GPlates 2.3 release. Thanks to the EarthByte Project for making these data-files available!

Go to EarthByte website for more data and models.


GPlates Logo

You may download GPlates logo in SVG format. Click here to download GPlates logo files.

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