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Potree is a free open-source WebGL based point cloud renderer for large point clouds. Similar to map software like Google Maps or OpenStreeMap, only data inside the visible area and up to a certain level of detail are loaded.

At the moment, this project is continued as master thesis under the Harvest4D Project

Newest information and work in progress is usually available on twitter

General infos, downloads, showcase, etc. at



Take a look at the potree showcase for some live examples.


Browser OS Result
Chrome 39 Win7 works
Firefox 34 Win7 works
Internet Explorer 11 Win7 partially works; performance issues
Firefox Android partially works, GUI and stability issues
Opera Android partially works, GUI and stabilty issues and slow


  • The multi-res-octree algorithms used by this viewer were developed at the Vienna University of Technology by Michael Wimmer and Claus Scheiblauer as part of the Scanopy Project.
  • Three.js, the WebGL 3D rendering library on which potree is built.
  • point cloud viewer. LAS and LAZ support have been taken from the laslaz.js implementation of Thanks to Uday Verma and Howard Butler for this!
  • Harvest4D Potree currently runs as Master Thesis under the Harvest4D Project
  • Martin Isenburg, Georepublic, Sigeom Sa, SITN, Pix4D as well as all the contributers to potree and PotreeConverter and many more for their support.