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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 beta revision 28, released in August 2020...

Download pyGPlates Download pyGPlates beta revision 28

(the latest “beta” release)


GPlates runs on Windows, macOS and Linux.

GPlates binary installers

We provide ready-to-use binary installers for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu, enabling a GPlates user to download, install and use the latest version of GPlates immediately. The installers 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 7/8/8.1/10. 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.
  • For Ubuntu, we provide .deb packages for 64-bit architectures. If you are using a different Linux distribution please use the source code package instead.

GPlates 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 from source, you will require:

  • Boost 1.35 or above
  • CGAL 4.7 or above (preferably 4.12 or above)
  • CMake 3.5 or above
  • GDAL 1.3.2 or above (preferably 2 or above)
  • GLEW
  • OpenGL
  • PROJ 4.6 or above (preferably 6 or above)
  • Python 3.5 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 from source may be found in the GPlates 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)

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. 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.

GPlates Download Statistics


Click here to see the detailed GPlates download statistics on sourceforge.net.