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The NASA WorldWind Java SDK (WWJ) is for building cross-platform 3D geospatial desktop applications in Java.

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New versions of WorldWind released

Web WorldWind 0.10.0 and WorldWind Java 2.2.0 are now available on GitHub. The new version of Web WorldWind addresses potential vulnerabilities in the code and underlying packages. The new version of WorldWind Java focuses on upgrading to Java 11 and JOGL 2.4 as well as a switch to Apache 2.0 license. WorldWind's API remains largely unchanged in this release and we are committed to maintaining a consistent API in future releases. More information on the release can be found at these links: Web WorldWind 0.10.0 and WorldWind Java 2.2.0.

Please direct questions to our new email address: [email protected]

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3D virtual globe API for desktop Java, developed by NASA. 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. Provides a collection of shapes for displaying and interacting with geographic data and representing a range of geometric objects.

Releases and Roadmap

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

Run a Demo

With the deprecation of WebStart/JNLP, the only option for running a Java demo is to clone the SDK, open it with Apache Netbeans and run it via the Netbeans interface.

From a Windows Development Environment
  • Download and extract the Latest Release
  • Open the Command Prompt
    cd [WorldWind release]
From a Linux or macOS Development Environment
  • Download and extract the Latest Release
  • Open the Terminal app
    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 Most display problems are caused by out-of-date graphics drivers.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


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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