- For compilation of GRASS GIS source code, see Compile and Install
This page explains the installation of GRASS binaries.
GRASS GIS requires a workstation running either some flavor of UNIX conforming to POSIX standards like Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, IRIX, or BSD or MS-Windows. It is also possible to run GRASS in MS Windows by using UNIX translation software such as Cygwin or natively with MingGW. Ideally, you should have at least 500 Mb for data and 512 Mb RAM. The source code package needs around 270 MB uncompressed. The resulting binaries may need between 20 MB and 180 MB depending on your platform. During a full compilation you may need temporarily up to 150MB including the source code.
The Software Download Section of the main GRASS web site contains the latest binaries and source code for all supported platforms. That site also has general directions for installing GRASS manually. However, installation is slightly different on each operating system. Here you can find user-contributed pointers for installing GRASS on specific platforms. In particular, many operating systems have package management utilities that can greatly simplify GRASS installation.
- The official page GRASS GIS Download for MS-Windows
- Native winGRASS packages (including the installer) are provided here. See also WinGRASS Current Status.
- QGIS including native winGRASS packages are provided here.
- Install using OSGeo4W installer (GRASS 6 needs to be checked in the "Express" install. GRASS 7 needs to be selected in the "Advanced" installation.)
- Installing on the Raspberry Pi for field deployment
A binary version of GRASS is available from the apt repository. As root type:
apt-get install grass grass-doc
This is the easiest way to install GRASS on Debian. If you choose to install a binary version manually from the main web site, be sure to follow the instructions for making symlinks found as a note to the [6.4 weekly snapshot] release.
Compiling GRASS from source
- See Compile and Install of Source Code
Installation on Fedora
Fedoraproject provides RPM-packages for stable releases prepared to install on Fedora systems:
yum install grass
- Mandriva provides PROJ/GDAL/GRASS RPMs. Newer versions they are in the "backports" section:
- openSUSE provides GRASS and related RPM-packages.
GRASS 6: To install GRASS 6 release on openSUSE:
sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Application:/Geo/openSUSE_12.3/ GEO sudo zypper refresh sudo zypper install grass
Alternatively, one can use the One-Click installer: http://software.opensuse.org/package/grass
GRASS 7: To install the latest GRASS 7 SVN snapshot:
sudo zypper refresh sudo zypper install grass7
Alternatively, one can use the One-Click installer: http://software.opensuse.org/package/grass7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux)
- Enterprise Linux offers GRASS and related binaries
yum install grass
GRASS Binaries are available from apt/synaptic. From a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install grass grass-doc
or alternatively, search for and install these packages from Synaptic. This is the easy way to get GRASS on your system. Even if you choose to install binaries from another source, you may want to install this version just so that all (most) dependencies are installed as painlessly as possible.
To get the latest version of GRASS on Ubuntu, compile the code from source. See the Compile and Install section for a shell script that makes this easy.
Mac OS X
Precompiled GRASS 6 and GRASS 7 packages for Mac OS X can be found here