LandSerf is a freely available Geographical Information System (GIS) for the visualisation and analysis of surfaces. Applications include visualisation of landscapes; geomorphological analysis; gaming development; GIS file conversion; map output; archaeological mapping and analysis; surface modelling and many others. It runs on any platform that supports the Java Runtime Environment (Windows, MacOSX, Unix, Linux etc.)


LandSerf 2

Documentation and Downloads

Latest release: LandSerf 2.3. If you really need to, you can download previous versions.


4th December 2009

The LandSerf Manual is now available. 214 pages containing all of the LandSerf documentation in one handy searchable and printable book.

22nd April 2009

LandSerf 2.3 released. See the new features in LandSerf 2.3 since the previous version.

12th November, 2008

LandSerf downloads reach 40,000 and are maintaining an average of over 1200 per month.

20th September 2007

LandSerf 2.3 Preview to be launched at Vis/InfoVis 2007, Sacremento, California. Preview copies will be used in the tutorial GeoVisualization with Google Earth and GIS.

12th January 2007

LandSerf downloads reach 20,000 and are maintaining an average of over 1000 per month.

11th June 2005

LandSerf downloads reach 12,000 and are currently averaging about 1000 per month. Users from 122 countries around the world have tried the software since it was first released. See the 'Who uses LandSerf' page for more details.

11th April 2005

LandSerf 2.2 released! The latest version of LandSerf with new functionality and performance improvements is now available for download. Existing LandSerf users may wish to view the changes since the previous version.

21st February 2005

Image gallery showing example LandSerf output released. If anyone would like to contribute their own LandSerf images to this gallery, please email to the address at the bottom of this page.

15th November 2004

New chapters added to the programming guide covering vector map manipulation and dealing with processing classes.

30th April 2004

LandSerf wins GISRUK 2004 'Visualisation Challenge'. Competing against GIS researchers and developers of commercial graphics and visualisation systems, LandSerf analysis and 3d flythough is voted winner of the GIS Research UK Visualisation Challenge. See the GISRUK 2004 web site for more details.

Scenes from winning 3d flythough

Jo Wood,
Department of Information Science,
City University,
London EC1V 0HB,
email: jwo 'at'