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Last Update:

08 Jun 2018

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • John Lindsay


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Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable)

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Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable)

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade whitebox.portable -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade whitebox.portable -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install whitebox.portable
    name: whitebox.portable
    version: ''
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'whitebox.portable' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  ''

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller whitebox.portable
    Name     = "whitebox.portable"
    Version  = ""
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'whitebox.portable':
  ensure   => '',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

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Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 12 Jul 2020.


Whitebox GAT is an open-access, well documented, and extendable software for geomatics with its roots originating from Terrain Analysis System (TAS). It as a desktop GIS and remote sensing software package for general applications of geospatial analysis and data visualization. Whitebox GAT is intended to provide a platform for advanced geospatial data analysis with applications in both environmental research and the geomatics industry more broadly. It was envisioned from the outset as providing an ideal platform for experimenting with novel geospatial analysis methods. Equally important is the project’s goal of providing a tool that can be used for geomatics-based education.

Open-access software can be viewed as a complimentary extension to the traditional open-source software (OSS) model of development. Open-access software is distinct from other OSS in that it has an explicitly stated design goal of reducing barriers to the transfer of knowledge to the user community. Direct insight into the workings of algorithm design and implementation allows for educational opportunities and increases the potential for rapid innovation, experimentation with algorithms, and community-directed development. This is particularly important in geomatics because many geospatial algorithms are complex and are strongly affected by implementation details. Also, there are often multiple competing algorithms for accomplishing the same task and the choice of one method over another can greatly impact the outcome of a workflow.

$CheckSum = 'd530e48822cd03b3c3932329dbb92bb3322fecc34635dbb01ab6a9c8c0cf814d'
$url      = 'https://www.uoguelph.ca/~hydrogeo/Whitebox/WhiteboxGAT-win.zip' 

$InstallArgs = @{
   packageName   = 'whitebox.portable'
   url           = $url
   UnzipLocation = Split-path (Split-path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
   CheckSum      = $CheckSum
   ChecksumType  = 'sha256'

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @InstallArgs

$target = (Get-ChildItem $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation -filter whiteboxgis.jar -Recurse).fullname

$files = get-childitem (Split-Path $target ) -include *.exe -recurse
foreach ($file in $files) {
  #generate an ignore file
  New-Item "$file.ignore" -type file -force | Out-Null

$logs = Join-Path (Split-Path $target) 'logs'
if (-not (Test-Path $logs)) {
   New-Item $logs -ItemType Directory

# All users need modify rights to the logs directory or Whitebox won't start.  
# By default, only the installing user has modify rights.  This will give
# Authenticated users modify rights.
if (Test-Path $logs) {
   Remove-Item "$logs\*" -Recurse
   $Acl = Get-Acl $logs
   $InheritanceFlag = [Security.AccessControl.InheritanceFlags]::ContainerInherit -bor [Security.AccessControl.InheritanceFlags]::ObjectInherit
   # https://superuser.com/a/1176767/671995
   $sid = New-Object System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier ([Security.Principal.WellKnownSidType]::AuthenticatedUserSid, $null)
   $rule = New-Object  system.security.accesscontrol.filesystemaccessrule($sid,'Modify',$InheritanceFlag,'none','Allow')
   Set-Acl $logs $Acl
} else {
   throw 'Logs folder does not exist!'

# The program author offered an icon when contacted.
$icon = Join-Path $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation 'tools\TDAP_Home.ico'

$launcher = Join-Path $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation 'tools\WhiteBox Launcher.exe'
$JavaExe = "$env:ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath\javaw.exe"
$sg = Join-Path $env:ChocolateyInstall 'tools\shimgen.exe'

& $sg -o $launcher -p $JavaExe -c "-jar '$target'" -i $icon --gui

$shortcut = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'WhiteBoxGAT.lnk'

Install-ChocolateyShortcut -ShortcutFilePath $shortcut -TargetPath $launcher -IconLocation $icon
$shortcut = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'WhiteBoxGAT.lnk'
if (Test-Path $shortcut) {
    Write-Debug "Found the desktop shortcut. Deleting it..."
    Remove-Item $shortcut -Force

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Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 438 Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 3.4.0 422 Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 3.3.0 403 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 381 Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 334 Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 3.2.2 353 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 3.2.1 731 Monday, October 20, 2014 Approved
Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools (Portable) 3.2.0 474 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Approved

Whitebox 3.4.0 Has Been Released

The following additions/modifications have been made:

  • This is the first release of Whitebox GAT that includes some plugin tools that are compiled to native code rather than running on the Java Runtime Environment. The plan is to develop most tools going forward using natively compiled programming languages and to redevelop some of the existing tools in future releases. The native compiled tools in this release have been developed using the Rust and Go programming languages. Importantly, this change requires that we now distribute versions of Whitebox that include these tools compiled specifically for Windows, Mac, and Linux OSs.
  • Fixed bug that falsely reported the use of 32-bit Java on 64-bit computers.
  • Added an ExportGeoTIFF tool, after many requests. This tool is part of the GoSpatial library. This tool currently only works on MacOS and Linux. Windows users need to access the 'whitebox2geotiff' tool directly from the go-spatial library, until this is rectified in the next release.
  • Added new tools for joining (LiDAR Join), segmenting (LiDAR Segment), and separating ground points within LiDAR point clouds. Each tool outputs in LAS format and are native-compiled plugin tools.
  • Updated and improved the algorithm used by the Remove Off-terrain Objects tool. It is also now a native-complied plugin tool.
  • Added the LiDAR Elevation Slice tool, which can be used to remove points from a LAS file that are above or below specified elevations thresholds. This is a native-compiled plugin tool.
  • Added tools for the mathematical morphology operators Opening and Closing and the white top-hat transform.
  • Added the Isolate Vector Features by Attribute tool.
  • Fixed bug that removed line feeds when copying code snippets from help documentation into the Scripter.
  • Updated the RetrieveSRTMDEMData tool to optionally fix ocean elevation values by replacing them with nodata.
  • You can now hillshade raster images by specifying a hillshade source image in a raster's display properties. This provides better colour saturation than the previous approach of overlaying the raster transparently overtop a hillshade image.
  • Added the Stream Slope (Continuous) tool in contrast to the Stream Link Slope tool.
  • Updated the save map procedure to include the raster/vector cartographic generalization and the scale type (Standard = 0, Simple = 1, Complex = 2).
  • Numerous other bug fixes and enhancements.

Date: 2017-01-25

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