It is difficult to get reliable information about the usage of open-source software like Whitebox GAT. With the recent release of Whitebox 3.4 ‘Montreal’, I decided to undertake an analytical exercise to try and figure out where Whitebox GAT is being used based on some download information that I had accumulating in my inbox. This work updates a previous survey that I carried out a number of years back, shortly after the 1.0 release. Examining nearly 21,000 downloads of the software, I discovered the following:
- Whitebox GAT has been downloaded in at least 178 counties worldwide, with the top 10 countries, in terms of number of downloads, being the United States, Canada, India, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Australia, and Spain.
- Whitebox GAT has been downloaded in 5149 cities around the globe. The map below shows each city in which Whitebox GAT was downloaded at least one time over the past four years. The cities with the greatest number of downloads include: Pretoria (South Africa), Mountain View (US), Johannesburg (South Africa), Toronto (Canada), Chisinau (Moldova), Durham (US), Santiago (Chile), London (Canada), Guelph (Canada), New Delhi (India), Beijing (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), and Athens (Greece).
While the Whitebox Project is not as large scale or fully resourced as some of the bigger open-source GIS projects (e.g. QGIS, GRASS GIS), this survey did demonstrate that it is being used quite widely. Most notably, interest in Whitebox GAT is extensive throughout Europe and North America, but there is healthy sized user communities in many other regions as well. We’re please with how well the project is growing and are always interested in hearing how people are applying the software. If you have an interesting Whitebox GAT success story, let us know.