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This page provides installation files for Manifold® Viewer, a free product. Viewer runs on all recent 64-bit Windows versions.
- For Release 9 or Release 8 downloads visit the Downloads page.
- For an archived, obsolete 32-bit Viewer build for use with 32-bit Windows (not recommended) visit the 32-bit Downloads page.
Manifold Viewer is a free, read-only version of Manifold® Release 9.
Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data. Viewer runs fully CPU parallel and GPU parallel and includes Manifold parallel SQL. Fast!
- Download and Install - How to use downloads on this page.
- Manifold Tutorial 1 - Navigation and User Interface
- Manifold Tutorial 2 - Add Data and Create a Map
- Introducing Viewer
- Visit the Videos page for many more live action videos.
- Visit the User Manual for detailed information and step-by-step, lavishly illustrated example topics.
- Viewer is the same as 9 for almost all features, so videos work for Viewer, too.
Cutting Edge or Base ?
Viewer evolves very rapidly. Some people always want the latest version, while others prefer to update less frequently. To meet both needs, Manifold provides both newer (Edge) and older (Base) installations.
Starting at a given Base level, each new Edge build adds more and more capabilities. After a month or two of Edge builds, Manifold updates the current Base build to incorporate new Edge features, and then the cycle starts over with a new series of Edge builds. Each Edge build is a full, standalone build, with no need to install the prior Base build to get the full package with all of the latest features.
- Viewer Edge - Edge builds are the same as Base builds, just newer and better. Edge builds are issued about every two weeks and provide all new features and bug fixes. Edge builds are issued as portable installations, making frequent updates easy. The User Manual documents Edge builds.
- Viewer Base - Base builds are older versions of Edge builds. They are issued every few months as Windows Installer packages. Base builds do not include the latest features and bug fixes. The latest features discussed in the User Manual will not be in Base builds.
Unsure which to choose? You can download and use both an Edge build and a Base build. Edge builds are portable installations, so they happily co-exist with Base builds that use Windows Installer.
Manifold Viewer is not supported by Manifold tech support. Ask questions of other users on the user forum. Hey, it's free!
- Viewer requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or more recent. Most newer Windows systems include .NET. If your system does not have .NET, scroll down this page for links to free .NET Framework downloads.
Important:New Viewer installations are all 64-bit, requiring 64-bit Windows. New Viewer installations no longer provide 32-bit versions. Base build 177 is the last installation package that installs a 32-bit version of Viewer. If you do not have 64-bit Windows, download and use the 32-bit Base build 177.
- False alarms from anti-virus programs are common. The SHA checksums published below guarantee safe downloads. See the information below on how to use SHA checksums.
- Windows Defender may wrongly complain that the current Edge zipfile contains malware. That is
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- Errors: If there are any errors when unzipping a downloaded file, the file was damaged during download or was not completely downloaded. Try again.
- After installation from a Base build using Windows Installer, save the .exe file for future use. Windows may need it some day to uninstall or to repair an installation.
Viewer Edge · Portable (Self-Contained Zip File)
Available options are the ui.zip localization file for other languages, the enhanced NADCON5 grids.dat data file, DLLs for open source databases, and various example files, which may be downloaded from links below on this page.
64-bit Viewer Base · Windows Installer (.exe File)
Viewer Base · Portable (Self-Contained Zip File)
32-bit Legacy Viewer Base · Windows Installer (.exe File)
Microsoft Visual C++ for Portable Installations
The portable Manifold Viewer and Viewer Edge installation packages require installation of Microsoft's Visual C++ Redistributable package. This is not necessary for Base Viewer .exe installation packages, which include the C++ Redistributable package and will install if required. Many modern Windows systems will already have this installed. If not yet installed, portable installation users should download Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable installation files from the Microsoft VC Downloads page.
On 64-bit Windows system, install both vc_redist.x64.exe (64-bit) and vc_redist.x86.exe (32-bit). On a 32-bit Windows system, install vc_redist.x86.exe (32-bit).
Important: Use a recent C++ redistributable. Microsoft significantly updated redistributables in November, 2019 - older redistributables will not work.
Viewer uses Release 9 documentation. All Manifold Release 9 documentation is online. Visit the Release 9 User Manual for detailed information on every aspect of Release 9 and Viewer. Hundreds of examples, including hundreds of lavishly-illustrated, step-by-step examples, show how to use Manifold.
Localization Files - Use Your Language
ui.zip - Click on the link to download a zip file containing user interface localization files for Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified, Mandarin), Dutch, Estonian, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish languages. See the Localization page for instructions on how to use these files and how to create your own localization file for a new language.
64-bit Connections to Microsoft Office Formats
By default, Viewer uses Microsoft facilities built into Windows to connect to Office format files such as .db, .html. .mdb, .xls, and .wkx, together with newer Office formats such as .xlsx and .accdb. The same facilities are used to connect to any other use of Access .mdb format, for example, in ESRI's personal geodatabase format using .mdb, or legacy Manifold mfd/mdb format as used in early Manifold releases.
Unfortunately, those Microsoft facilities are 32-bit only, even within 64-bit Windows systems. To use them, we must launch a 32-bit instance of Viewer, which is included automatically in all 64-bit Viewer installations. See discussion in the Microsoft Office Formats - MDB, XLS and Friends topic.
We can connect to Office formats from 64-bit Viewer in 64-bit Windows by installing Microsoft's Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable package. The 64-bit version of the Access Database Engine provides connectivity to Office formats for 64-bit applications in a 64-bit system. Despite the "Access" name of the package, it supports all Office formats.
Download the 64-bit Access Database Engine from Microsoft's Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable page. That page provides downloads for X64 (64-bit) and 32-bit versions. Most users will download and install just the X64 version. It is a small download that installs quickly. However, using the 64-bit Microsoft Access Database Engine requires that our Microsoft Office installation is also 64-bit. If we are still running 32-bit Microsoft Office in our 64-bit Windows system, we cannot install the 64-bit Microsoft Access Database Engine.
DLLs for Popular Open Source DBMS Packages
Manifold Release 9 and Manifold Viewer include built-in support for GPKG and SQLite using GPKG-style spatial data, RTREE indexes, JSON and GeoPoly. No need to download or install anything extra to read/write GPKG or most SQLite databases.
The SQLite DLL provided is an ESRI package that adds allows connection to Esri mobile geodatabases, which are stored within SpatiaLite files.
The MySQL and PostgreSQL DLLs provided allow connection to MySQL databases and to PostgreSQL/PostGIS databases.
The MySQL and PostgreSQL/PostGIS are third party, open source DBMS packages which require installation of necessary files within the execution PATH of your system. If you are an expert user of MySQL or PostgreSQL/PostGIS you know the drill and have already installed all necessary DLLs. For everyone else, Manifold provides the following sample collections of DLLs for these packages:
The easiest way to install these for use with Release 9, or Viewer is to unzip the appropriate package within the bin or the bin64 folder of the Manifold installation folder. Unzip open_source_db_64.zip within the bin64 folder and unzip open_source_db_32.zip within the bin folder. That creates an opt subfolder which contains the various DLLs.
The above packages of DLLs are not supported, but they are recommended for use with Release 9 and Viewer. They are the same packages provided in the Base Plus installation zipfile for Release 9.
When re-projecting a component, Viewer can use high-accuracy conversions that utilize transformation grids for certain regions. Most users will re-project components using default conversions, and thus do not need the grids.dat file. Those users who want to use transformation grids can download and install the grids.dat file, and then the conversion options to use those grids automatically will become available for those coordinate conversions that use them. The grids.dat file is 379 MB and contains in compressed form hundreds of grids enumerated in EPSG, including NADCON5 grids as well as traditional NADCON and HARN NADCON (USA), and NTv2 grids for Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.
- grids.dat (379 MB)
Install the grids.dat file for use with Viewer Edge or Manifold Viewer by placing the file in the shared folder of the Viewer installation folder. The file must be placed in the shared folder itself and not within a subfolder of the shared folder.
Download example project files in Release 9 .map or .mxb format for Manifold Release 9 and Manifold Viewer. MAP format opens instantly. MXB is a compressed format that takes a few seconds to decompress before opening. The example project files include projects used in tutorial videos on the Gallery page.
- ArcGIS_REST_Servers.map (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing a collection of ArcGIS REST web server data sources. Useful for Esri people and others, and provides an outstanding example of the very wide range of free data available online that Viewer can see.
- Aus_Hydro.mxb (218550 KB) - A nearly 220 MB Release 9 format .mxb project used in Manifold documentation and videos that shows all hydrology (lakes, rivers, streams, other water features) in Australia. MXB format is a highly compressed archival format for Manifold projects. Opening this project the first time will automatically decompress the .mxb file into an over 600 MB .map project file. Decompression will take a few tens of seconds. Thereafter, the .map file will open instantly. This project is used in the Speed Demo with Big Vectors video and the Speed Demo with PostgreSQL video.
- archaeology_France.mxb (1396 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing a beginner-friendly, pre-formatted and pre-organized map that shows archaeological locations in France, including dolmen, menhir, Roman amphitheaters and many other sites. A must have for archaeology and Classics hobbyists visiting France. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Archaeology in France.
- books2.mxb (28 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb file providing the Books example database used in Chris Fehily's "SQL Database Programming (2015 Edition)," another fine Fehily book on SQL.
- books.mxb (31 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb file providing the Books example database used in Chris Fehily's first-rate book, "SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide," a great book for learning SQL rapidly.
- Cathedrals.mxb (2 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that is used in the Locations topic in the Release 9 user manual. Contains a folder with locations for famous Gothic cathedrals in France. Visit Chartres!
- Chateaux.mxb (6 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that provides point and click Locations to visit a collection of famouse chateaux in France. See the great chateau at Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is buried! This is a simplified project for Viewer tourism, based on the projects used as examples in creating locations.
- Civil_War_Battles.mxb (33 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that provides point and click Locations to visit 300 sites of US Civil War battles using a map with Bing streets and Bing Satellite layers.
- create_locations_from_drawing.mxb (9 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that is used in the Example: Create Many Locations from a Drawing topic in the Release 9 user manual. Contains a script that creates a folder full of Locations components from a table of geocoded records created from a drawing, including a Description property to provide tooltips in the Project pane. Very useful for creating projects like the server_sights.mxb project listed below.
- create_locations_script.mxb (4 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that is used in the Example: VBScript to Create Locations from a Table topic in the Release 9 user manual. Contains a script that creates a folder full of Locations components from a table of geocoded records. Very useful for creating projects like the server_sights.mxb project listed below.
- crisfieldflood_clip_PM.mxb (7843 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format providing the floodzone and parcels map used in the Release 9 / Viewer YouTube Video on Parallel Clipping Speed. Try it yourself with Viewer or Release 9 as shown in the video, and see how Manifold's ability to use all the CPU cores in your computer runs many times faster than non-parallel GIS, and even faster than spatial DBMS systems like SQL Server, PostGIS or Spatialite. The .mxb is a highly compressed archive file that takes a couple of seconds to open in 9 or Viewer, creating a .map file you can use thereafter. When you open the .map file in Viewer or Release 9, you'll see how it instantly pops open, in 1/10th of a second. Cool!
- crisfieldflood_shapefiles.zip (9590 KB) - A zipped set of shapefiles file providing query texts for Release 9, PostGIS, SQL Server and Spatialite, plus shapefiles for the floodzone and parcels layers used in the Release 9 / Viewer YouTube Video on Parallel Clipping Speed. Try out Viewer running fully parallel on your computer and note the time required for the query, and then import these shapefiles and try the queries in your favorite GIS or spatial DBMS to see how fast those take on the same system.
- Custom_Filter_Examples.mxb (8891 KB) - A project in Release 9 .mxb format that is used in the Release 9 / Viewer Create Custom GPU Accelerated Filters in Seconds video. Provides examples of custom filters for use in image processing, including Emboss, Sobel, Prewitt, and Kirsch edge detection and many more.
- eg_layers_tutorial.mxb (9 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format used in the Example: Layers Tutorial topic in the Release 9 user manual.
- font-awesome-4.7.0.zip (655 KB) - Font Awesome is everybody's favorite professionally-crafted symbol font, providing 675 symbols for points to use in Release 9, as shown in the Manifold Future - Style Introduction video.
- Florida_palette_hillshading_example.mxb (5946 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that appears in the Gallery page and is also used in the Style: Autocontrast and Example: Autocontrast and Hill Shading Images using Style topics in the Release 9 user manual.
- ginevra.png (12710 KB) - The full-sized sample ginevra image used in many Release 9 user manual topics about images, showing the Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Ginevra de' Benci. Right-click on the image when it loads and save as a file.
- import_dem_SDTS.mxb (2304 KB) - A small example project in Release 9 .mxb format that appears in the Gallery page and is also used in the Transform Templates - Images and Example: Import DDF SDTS DEM Raster File topics in the Release 9 user manual.
- JOSM sources.map (1088 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing approximately 60 web server data sources using various protocols, including TMS, that are available for immediate use in 9. Data sources come from a list of openly available and usable web servers for creating new features for OpenStreetMap, and are pre-configured to include a JOSM API key, when required, for such uses. Also includes Amazon free elevation tile servers. Provides an outstanding example of the very wide range of free data available online that Viewer can see.
- Manifold_World_Volcanoes.map (1856 KB) - A Viewer / Release 9 .map file for Manifold Viewer Edge or Release 9, providing a list of over 430 point-and-click locations to view major volcanoes all over the world. Includes a map with Bing and Google satellite layers, plus Street layers from both Microsoft and Bing, all of which make it easy to explore volcanoes even in remote locations where cloud cover or snow prevents a clear view of volcano details in either Google or Bing. To learn how to use this project, see the Manifold Viewer Edge - Volcanoes video. Download Manifold Viewer for free!
- maryland_lidar.map (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the Charles County, Maryland, LiDAR data sources to re-create the LiDAR display used in the Gallery and other illustrations and in the example in the Viewer YouTube Videos.
- megalithe_video.mxb (936 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing the Neolithic monuments data set used in Videos demonstrating Viewer. Useful not only for repeating the videos at home but also for hunting Neolithic relics in France. Cool!
- merge_and_clip_examples.mxb (1252 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing the regions of France, cities and Roman roads layers used in YouTube video examples on the Manifold Sales YouTube channel.
- meteorites.mxb (1663 KB) - A new version of the meteorites project that has been updated to 2017 and expanded with even more meteorites. A Release 9 format .mxb project providing a beginner-friendly, pre-formatted and pre-organized map that shows locations of meteorites found on Earth, including meteorites of lunar and Martian origin. A must have for meteorite hunters worldwide to enable planning of more successful meteorite hunts. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Hunting Meteorites. Special thanks to the Meteoritical Society for providing this snapshot of the Meteoritical Bulletin Database!
- Mexico_queries.mxb (681 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing the Mexico map used in the Drawings and Queries video.
- Mt_Hood_DEM.mxb (14829 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing the Mt Hood terrain elevation surface used in the GPU Parallel Computation with Viewer video, which demonstrates GPU parallel computation in Viewer. Also includes a simple, example query that changes the data type used within tiles.
- NAIP_file_name_grid.mxb (11700 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb project providing an NAIP imagery file name stem index map for the entire US. Use this project in Viewer or Manifold to quickly locate and download NAIP imagery files in .jp2 format from USGS Amazon AWS archives. For more details see the Example: Create USGS File Names with Transform topic in the Release 9 user manual.
- Naperville_Gas.zip (40145 KB) - A zip file containing a Release 9 format .map project. Download and unzip to get the .map project file. Provides a Manifold project containing the classic Esri example of a Geodatabase called NapervilleGas.gdb that is used in various examples of linking to geodatabase.
- Naperville.zip (20690 KB) - A zip file containing an Esri file geodatabase. Download and unzip to get the .gdb file folder containing the long list of files that make up a file geodatabase fileset. Provides the classic Esri example of a file geodatabase called NapervilleGas.gdb that is used in various examples of linking to geodatabase.
- Nuclear_Reactors.mxb (28 KB) - A Viewer / Release 9 .mxb file for Manifold Viewer Edge or Release 9, providing a list of over 130 point-and-click locations to view nuclear reactor locations, mostly of power plants, worldwide. The project has been curated to provide much higher location accuracy than the usual lists of reactor locations published on the web. Includes a map with Bing, Google, and Yandex satellite layers, Google Terrain layer, Street layers from both Microsoft and Bing, all of which make it easy to explore nuclear reactor sites even in locations where censorship by Bing or Google prevents a clear view. To learn how to use this project, see the Manifold Viewer Edge - Volcanoes video, which uses a similar project that shows locations of volcanoes. Download Manifold Viewer for free!
- OSM_Venice.mxb (117338 KB) - A Release 9 format .mxb archive project (open in 9 or Viewer and it automatically expands into a .map) providing the OSM Venice project used in the Manifold Tutorial 1 - Navigation and User Interface video.
- pandemic.map (9472 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the Covid-19 pandemic map used in the Example: Use Edit - Join to Map a Pandemic topic.
- pentagon_laz.zip (27428 KB) - A zip file providing the LAZ LiDAR data covering the Pentagon that used in the LAS, LAZ LiDAR topic. The zip file contains the original LAZ file, plus an index and mapmeta file for convenient use in Release 9 or Viewer.
- rotated_views_video.map (2048 KB) - A Release 9 format .map project providing the Italy map used in the Rotated Views video and in the Rotated Views topic. Also provides the rotated map, and in the Misc Layers folder examples of North arrow constructions.
- style_videos_monaco_examples.zip (1272 KB) - A zipfile containing two Release 9 format .map projects containing example layers for Monaco imported from OSM, as seen in the Manifold Future videos demonstrating the new Style and formatting system. One video shows starting, unformatted data while the other shows example formatting as shown in the videos.
- RGB_Filter_Examples.mxb (4425 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb file containing a project with various queries to apply custom 3x3 and 5x5 filters for image processing, including RGB image processing.
- server_sights.mxb (4 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb file for Manifold Viewer or Release 9, providing a list of point-and-click Locations for various goofy spots that pop up on Internet lists of interesting things that can be seen on Google Earth. Includes a map with both Bing satellite and Google satellite layers since some sights are better seen on Bing than Google. To learn how to use Locations, see the Manifold 9 - Locations video.
- temp-databases.mxb (33 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb file containing the project used in the Temporary Databases User Manual topic.
- three_countries_freepdf.pdf (120 KB) and three_countries_end_freepdf.pdf (133 KB) - Two PDF files created using the FreePDF print-to-PDF package. These show the "Three Countries" layout at the beginning of the example and the end of the example in the Layouts topic.
- trace_areas_SJC.mxb (44 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb format project as used in the Manifold 9 - Trace Vector Areas from Raster Pixels Manifold Gallery video. Also includes the example query that shows how to use INNER JOIN to bring data from a lookup table into another table.
- uber movement.map (1024 KB) - A Release 9 format .map containing the snippet of SQL required to convert CSV data downloaded from Uber Movement into spatial geometry form for display and analysis. Learn to use this project in the Viewer YouTube Video on Uber Movement Data.
- US_silos_bases.mxb (42 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb format project providing Wikipedia locations of ICBM missile silos, nuclear bases and storage facilities in the US. Includes satellite image server layers for detailed overhead views, and notes on silos easily viewed from Interstates 80 and 25 when driving across the US. Covers both active silos and inactivated silos for historic interest.
- webcam_examples.zip (530 KB) - A .zip file that unzips into three Release 9 .mxb format projects that each provide a map with the locations of webcams. One project shows traffic webcams in France as used in the Transform JSON Data and View Webcams video. Another project shows traffic webcams in Maryland, and a third project shows traffic webcams in California and also fire cameras (for guarding against wildfires) in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Open the map, alt-click a webcam, and then in the Info pane right-click the URL and choose Open URL to launch the webcam view in a browser. The California project in particular can be addictive to browse, viewing various webcams from all over the state, especially the fire cams, which often have spectacularly scenic views.
- world.mxb (1221 KB) - A Release 9 .mxb format project as used in the Example: Compare Sizes of Countries topic. Provides a simple world map using Latitude / Longitude projection.
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Manifold Viewer installation packages do
If your anti-virus program reports a problem with a Manifold installation file, you can verify that is a false alarm by using any popular tool (7zip, Microsoft, etc.) to compute the SHA checksum for the installation package you are using. If that SHA checksum matches the SHA checksum published for that package, you know for sure the anti-virus package reported a false alarm.
Windows 10 and other recent Windows editions include the
certutil -hashfile manifold-9.0.159.msi SHA256
The utility will provide a computed SHA256 hash code (another name for checksum) for the file:
SHA256 hash of file manifold-9.0.159.msi:
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CertUtil: -hashfile command completed successfully.
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