Stand-alone Installer packages

For Windows XP through Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit).
It is the easiest way to install WinGRASS on a single user machine. It includes an option to download and install the sample datasets used in the tutorials as part of the install process.

 

GRASS GIS 6 (stable, release) GRASS GIS 6 (stable, daily snapshots)
Most users will want to install this officially released version.
winGRASS 6.4 standalone installer
winGRASS 6.4.svn standalone installer (daily builds)
(provided by Martin Landa, CTU in Prague)

 

GRASS GIS 7 (beta, upcoming release) GRASS GIS 7 (development, daily snapshots)
Upcoming stable release, see New Features. Direct compatibility with earlier versions is not guaranteed but provided with automated conversion tools (affects vector topology).
 winGRASS 7.0.0beta2 standalone installer
winGRASS 7.0 standalone installer (daily builds)
(provided by Martin Landa, CTU in Prague)
winGRASS 7.1 standalone installer (daily builds)
(provided by Martin Landa, CTU in Prague)

Troubleshooting: If the program exits immediately after you start it or it complains about a missing MSVCR71.dll, MSCVP100.dll or similar on startup, you may need to install Microsoft's .NET Framework. See also WinGRASS errors (and their solution).

OSGeo4W Installer package (network installation, for advanced users)

For Windows XP through Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit). This installer offers many more choices since it includes the ability to install many other Open Source GIS software packages and libraries such as: Quantum GIS, GDAL tools, MapServer, OpenEV, uDig, and more.

  1. Download the  OSGeo4W 32bit Installer or  OSGeo4W 64bit Installer and save to disk (800k network-installer, full download is approx 60-80mb, find installer help here)
  2. Now run this installer as administrator (right mouse button on installer icon, otherwise you will get an error "mount: access denied")
  3. Select the software to install (you may install them altogether):
    • For winGRASS 6.4 stable release, choose the "grass" package from Desktop section.
    • For winGRASS 6.4 daily snapshots, choose the "grass64-dev" package from Advanced installation
    • For winGRASS 7.0 upcoming stable release, choose the "grass70" package from Advanced installation
    • For winGRASS 7.0 daily snapshots, choose the "grass70-dev" package from Advanced installation
    • For winGRASS 7.1 daily snapshots, choose the "grass71-dev" package from Advanced installation

Note: May be used for unattended or bulk installations (e.g. a template collection for a computer lab)

Advanced install: selection of GRASS GIS 6 and 7

Screenshot: OSGeo4W "Advanced installation" to select GRASS GIS 6 and 7.
In the subsequent dialog, accept the "unmet dependencies" to be installed.

GRASS 6 is available in QGIS as GRASS toolbox

  • For Windows XP through Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit)
  • QGIS is an excellent user-friendly & easy to use GIS data viewer
  • GRASS' analytical tools allow it to perform many advanced processing tasks from within the QGIS environment:

Download GRASS GIS 6 included in QGIS package

Cygwin Installer (outdated)

  • Cygwin is a UNIX compatibility layer for MS Windows
  • A few of the older GRASS tools (such as the orthophoto processing and stand-alone display drivers) require a full UNIX system and Cygwin provides that. Use if you need access to historical features
  • See also GRASS's Cygwin Wiki page

Download GRASS GIS 6 packaged for Cygwin

Compile instructions for native winGRASS

  • Compiling GRASS natively on MS-Windows/MinGW: see Instructions

Notes

  • While generally it is not a problem, GRASS does not cope well (yet) with spaces in directory and file names in all cases. Take this into account when installing GRASS on MS-Windows if you are experiencing problems.
  • When selecting the root install directory, make sure that the "Default Text File Type" is set to Unix.
  • You must install/compile GRASS on a NTFS partition (FAT will not work!).

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