Debian GIS Blend

About the Blend

The Debian GIS Pure Blend is a project of the Debian GIS Team who collaborate on maintenance of GIS related packages for Debian. Every Pure Blend is a subset of Debian that is configured to support a particular target group out-of-the-box. This blend aims to support the needs of those working with map data, remote sensing and earth observation.

The Blend is built from a curated list of GIS software in Debian. The two main outputs from the Blend are a collection of "metapackages" and live images that can be put onto a DVD or a USB stick.


Metapackages in Debian are packages that can be installed just like other packages but that do not contain any software themselves, instead instructing the packaging system to install a group of other packages.

See using the metapackages for more information on which metapackages are available and how to install the metapackages on an existing Debian system.

Live Images

If you're new to Debian and you'd like to try the Debian GIS Pure Blend without installing it on your computer, or if you'd like to perform a fresh installation of Debian with all the GIS software ready-to-go, you might find the live images useful. Images are produced that can be run from DVDs or USB sticks on both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel architectures.

See the live images page for more information.