Main Components

Here is a list of the main components of OrbisGIS. Except for the map, all these components are considered by OrbisGIS as plugins. So they can be:

  • made visible or not (just close the component to hide it),
  • resized (using the cursor of your mouse),
  • moved (drag & drop the component to a new place in the UI),
  • (un)docked (pretty useful if you have a dual screen),
  • (un)installed (thanks the plugin manager).
OrbisGIS main components

To load a component, check the list in the “Windows” menu (in red in the illustration above) or the “Tools” menu (for the SQL Console).


The Geocatalog ( Geocatalog icon ) is the place where datasources are managed. Through a right-click in the blank area, the user can:

  • Add a datasource (a file Add a file icon or a folder Add a file icon ),
  • Import a datasource (a file or a folder),
  • Export layers into flat files or databases ( Export a file icon ),
  • Show the attributes tables ( Open attributes icon ),
  • Remove a datasource ( Remove icon ),
  • Clear the Geocatalog : all the sources are removed from OrbisGIS,
  • Refresh the list ( Refresh icon ).


The map ( Map icon ) is the place where geographic informations (vector or raster) are displayed. The user can navigate into the map (using zoom or pan tools), select and get informations on objects.


TOC ( TOC icon ) stands for “Table Of Content”. This component allows the user to:

  • Make visible or not the layer with the checkbox (on the left),
  • Change the layer name –> make a double-click on the layer. Then change the name and press “Entrer”,
  • Change the order of layers –> drag & drop the layer upward or downward,
  • Add WMS layers ( Add a WMS icon ),
  • Add a layer group ( Add a file icon ).

Moreover, several features are available via a right-click:

  • Show attributes ( Open attributes icon ): show the attributes’s table,
  • Zoom to the layer ( Zoom to layer icon ): Extended zoom on the layer,
  • Import a style ( Import a style icon ), *
  • Create a thematic analysis ( Create a thematic analysis icon ), *
  • Edit ( Edit a style icon ), delete ( Remove a style icon ) or export ( Export a style icon ) an existing style, *
  • Remove the layer ( Remove icon ): Remove the layer from the TOC,
  • Start edition ( Edit icon ): To edit a layer (e.g: add a field, delete an object, …).

* see Cartography.

DB Tree

The DB Tree ( DB Tree icon ) is a tree representation of all the layers loaded in OrbisGIS. Layers (tables) are listed into their respectives folder (schema).

DB tree detail

Specific options allows the user to:

  • Create spatial index (Geographic index icon ),
  • Create alphanumeric index ( Alphanumeric index icon ),
  • Remove columns ( Remove icon ).

Output console

The output ( Output icon ) console is the place where all messages (informations, warnings or errors) are displayed.

Logs can be copy and paste into a text editor.

SQL console

The SQL console ( SQL Console icon ) is the place where the user can process data thanks to SQL scripts. To know more about this component, read “SQL Console”.