Manifold Viewer

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Faster Insights

GPU and CPU Parallel - Sixteen CPU cores or six thousand GPU cores, Viewer uses all of them for true parallel computation and massively parallel speed. View 300,000 x 200,000 pixel images. Amazing!

Easy to Use

Effortless Power - Viewer is a free subset of Release 9, Manifold's hyperfast, brutally powerful, automatically parallel GIS. Pan and zoom 100 GB data effortlessly. Browse big data even expensive GIS can't handle.

All Formats

Hundreds of Choices - See and use data from many sources at once using hundreds of raster, vector, and table formats, DBMS servers and web servers. Enjoy automatically parallel SQL for DBMS with phenomenal analytic power.

More Than a Viewer

View huge images, raster data, and vector data, and do much, much more. Small footprint - only 47 MB. Free!

Manifold Viewer is the free, read-only version of Manifold Release 9, Manifold's new GIS, ETL and Data Science product that blends geospatial and traditional data capabilities within a single, all-inclusive desktop application. Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data in tables, vector geometry, raster data, drawings, maps and images from thousands of different sources. All in a super-fast small footprint: 47 MB with no need to install gigabytes of other software. Viewer can open multiple sources at once to blend, extract, transform, analyze, validate, visualize and explore your data. Viewer provides full Release 9 power to combine, analyze and transform data for fast and elegant visualization. Viewer's huge capacity and speed - hundreds of GB on your desktop - will keep up with the fastest Enterprise DBMS and run ahead of all others. Manifold Viewer includes Release 9 parallel CPU speed, Release 9 parallel GPU speed and Release 9 automatically parallel SQL.

"My user in the next room is very enthusiastic about using Manifold Viewer for this [working with a 247 MB parcels map]. Prior to this they used a Google Earth layer I created. It seemed great at the time simply because it was visual. They still had to do the calculations manually or in Excel. Documenting the result was hit or miss. They avoided doing this part of their job, because it was tedious. With M9 it is a simple process (opening the elements and rearranging the windows to make a collage of the map, table, and query results) - No manual calculations necessary. They make a Greenshot of the windows and attach that image to the owner's account. I like them using it because with Viewer they can't permanently damage the master file." - Forum post

See the YouTube Videos on the Videos page showing Manifold Viewer in action.

Explore · Blend · Visualize · Connect · Gain Insight · Transform

Point and Click

Easy Wizardry - Automatic templates deliver data engineering genius for spatial and non-spatial data in tables, imagery, vector geometry and more. Most Release 9 templates are retained within Viewer.

Spatial SQL

Infinite Power - By far the world's most sophisticated and powerful Spatial SQL, so breathtakingly strong that even with non-spatial data it exceeds older SQL engines. Viewer provides full Release 9 SQL.

Every Source

Have it All - Viewer can connect to all of the data sources Release 9 understands, including enterprise DBMS like Oracle, web servers like OSM WMS, Bing, Google and ArcREST, all of GDAL/OGR and hundreds more.

Enjoy Parallel Power in a Massively Useful, Free Tool

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Runs Forever

Viewer runs forever with no timeouts, no registration, no ads, no upsell, and no requests for donations. Commerical use is OK. Viewer can connect to everything Release 9 can, just read-only, and you can fire up SQL for massive analytics. You can even open Release 9 projects many levels deep, or open hundreds of other formats.

Online User Manual

Manifold Viewer uses the Release 9 user manual, with hundreds of lavishly illustrated topics and step-by-step examples. Learn Viewer using numerous step-by-step tutorial videos. When reading the manual, keep in mind Viewer is read-only and Viewer does not have some capabilities a paid Release 9 licence provides. Viewer is still cool.

Feel at Home

Enjoy Viewer in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Easy to add your own language!


Manifold Viewer is a read-only subset of Manifold Release 9: Viewer cannot save projects and Viewer cannot write or export data to any format or link data sources in read/write mode. Viewer can display, but not edit, files such as shapefiles, databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, ESRI GDB, etc. Viewer can browse and analyze, but not modify, databases.

However... Viewer can save Favorites, like favorite connections to database servers, or links to data or projects we frequently use. Viewer can also create indices for entire folder hierarchies of LiDAR files, and we can use Viewer to edit Localization files, to translate the Viewer and Manifold user interface into new languages. We also can use Viewer to create amazing displays that we can then use as screenshot images in websites and other publications, and we can copy and paste back and forth between Viewer and other applications. See the Introducing Viewer video for an example. Viewer delivers amazing performance and outstanding usefulness for anyone working with GIS, spatial data, enterprise DBMS or just wanting to connect to the world of rich data around us.

Community Support: Manifold Viewer is not by Manifold tech support. Ask questions of other users on the forum. Hey, it's free!

Compared to Release 9

  • Read-only for all data sources.
  • No saves of projects.
  • No exports to any format.
  • No scripting and no add-ins.
  • No technical support.
  • Includes parallel SQL.
  • Connects to all data sources and formats.
  • Hundreds of transforms and functions.
  • Automatically CPU and GPU parallel.
  • Includes all other Release 9 features.
  • Save favorite data sources.
  • Automatically create and save LiDAR indices.
  • Edit and save localization files.
  • Free !

Viewer is completely free: no need to register, no advertising, no nagware, no asking for donations. You do NOT need to buy anything to download and use Viewer. It's really free! If you like Viewer, consider Manifold's commercial products for your GIS and DBMS toolkit:

Special Offers

$145 - Manifold Release 9 Universal - Includes all Release 9 features. Single desktop license that enables 64-bit operation in 64-bit Windows systems, 32-bit operation in 64-bit Windows systems (used for compatibility when integrating with other software that is limited to 32-bit operation), or 32-bit operation in 32-bit Windows systems. Best buy.

$225 - Manifold Release 9 Universal + Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 - A product bundle that includes both Manifold Release 9 and Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 at one low price.

$95 - Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 - Release 8 is the world's best classic GIS providing seamless desktop, enterprise, programming and web serving GIS in totally integrated product. Get all features of the 8.00 product line at the best price ever.

$245 - SQL for ArcGIS® Pro - Special introductory offer for SQL for ArcGIS Pro: Save $150 off the regular price of $395. Single desktop license that includes all SQL for ArcGIS Pro features. Requires Esri ArcGIS® Pro version 2.8 or more recent. Includes free download of maintenance upgrades. Best buy.

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About Manifold

Manifold® products deliver quality, performance and value in the world's most sophisticated, most modern and most powerful spatial products for GIS, ETL, DBMS, and Data Science. Total integration ensures ease of use, amazing speed, and unbeatably low cost of ownership. Tell your friends!

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