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WorldWind Java - Community Edition (WWJ-CE)

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WWJ-CE is community supported fork of the ubiquitous WorldWind Java SDK from NASA.

WorldWind Java is a 3D virtual globe API for desktop Java, developed by NASA. It provides a geographic context with high-resolution terrain, for visualizing geographic or geo-located information in 3D and 2D. Developers can customize the globe's terrain and imagery. The SDK provides a collection of shapes for displaying and interacting with geographic data and representing a range of geometric objects.

Notice from NASA

On March 8, 2019, NASA announced a suspension of the WorldWind project.

WorldWind team would like to inform you that starting May 3, 2019, NASA WorldWind project will be suspended. All the WorldWind servers providing elevation and imagery will be unavailable. While you can still download the SDKs from GitHub, there will be no technical support. If you have questions and/or concerns, please feel free to email at:

WWJ-CE seeks to mitigate the effects of the suspension and continue the development of WorldWind Java.

Contributing to the Community Edition

Contributions to WWJ-CE are welcomed in the form of issues and pull requests.

Before Submitting an Issue

Please fulfill the following requirements before submitting an issue to this repository:

Before Submitting a Pull Request

Please read Contributing to WorldWind Java and adhere to the WorldWind Java Design and Coding Guidelines.

Releases and Roadmap

Official WorldWind Java releases have the latest stable features, enhancements and bug fixes ready for production use.

Run a Demo

The following options are available to run a WorldWind Java demo:

From the Apache NetBeans IDE

Clone the SDK with git, open the WorldWind Java project with Apache Netbeans and run demos via the Netbeans interface.

From a Windows Development Environment
cd [WorldWind release]
From a Linux or macOS Development Environment
cd [WorldWind release]
sh run-demo.bash

WorldWind requires a modern graphics card with a current driver. Most display problems are caused by out-of-date graphics drivers. On Windows, visit your graphics card manufacturer's web site for the latest driver: NVIDIA, ATI or Intel. The drivers are typically under a link named Downloads or Support. If you're using a laptop, the latest drivers are found at the laptop manufacturer's web site.

JOGL Native Binaries

JOGL performs runtime extraction of native binaries. Some deployment situations may not allow this because it extracts the binaries to the application user’s temp directory. Runtime extraction can be avoided by by modifying WorldWind Java's JOGL distribution to load native binaries directly from the library path instead of dynamically using the native binary JAR files as follows:

  1. Extract the GlueGen and JOGL native binary JAR files for the desired platform. These JAR files follow the naming pattern gluegen-rt-natives-PLATFORM.jar and jogl-all-natives-PLATFORM.jar
  2. Place the extracted native binaries either in the program's working directory or in a location specified as the library path. The following JOGL user's guide page outlines supported library path variables:
  3. Remove the GlueGen and JOGL native binary JAR files from your application's workspace. JOGL attempts to use the native binary JAR files before loading from the library path, so these files must not be deployed with the application.
  4. When running, specify the JVM argument -Djogamp.gluegen.UseTempJarCache=false


GDAL is a translator library for raster and vector geospatial data formats provided by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. GDAL libraries and native binaries are not provided by WorldWindEarth/WorldWind Java, but are needed to build. The Gradle build will pull the necessary libraries from Maven. Please see the file GDAL_README.txt for details on where to obtain the native binaries and other details.


Copyright 2006-2009, 2017, 2020 United States Government, as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All rights reserved.

The NASA World Wind Java (WWJ) platform is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

NASA World Wind Java (WWJ) also contains the following 3rd party Open Source software:

Jackson Parser – Licensed under Apache 2.0
GDAL – Licensed under MIT
JOGL – Licensed under  Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD)
Gluegen – Licensed under Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD)

A complete listing of 3rd Party software notices and licenses included in NASA World Wind Java (WWJ) can be found in the WorldWindJava-v2.2 3rd-party notices and licenses PDF found in code directory.


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