Compare Esri ArcGIS, QGIS, and Global Mapper

Pricing

 
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
per year/per user
Global Mapper
$549
1
 
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
1,000 credits
Global Mapper LiDAR Module
$549
1
 
Free Trial
Free Trial Unavailable
Free Trial
Esri ArcGIS
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricingper year/per user
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing1,000 credits
Free Trial
QGIS
Free Trial Unavailable
Global Mapper
Global Mapper
$5491
Global Mapper LiDAR Module
$5491
Free Trial

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.8
8.4
8.5
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.1
7.9
7.9
Ease of Setup
Ease of Setup
6.9
9.0
Not enough data available
Ease of Admin
Ease of Admin
7.1
8.6
Not enough data available
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
8.1
7.4
8.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business With
8.2
8.9
Not enough data available
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
8.3
8.6
7.3
Meets Requirements
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
QGIS
8.4
Global Mapper
8.5
Ease of Use
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
QGIS
7.9
Global Mapper
7.9
Ease of Setup
Esri ArcGIS
6.9
QGIS
9.0
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Ease of Admin
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
QGIS
8.6
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Quality of Support
Esri ArcGIS
8.1
QGIS
7.4
Global Mapper
8.3
Ease of Doing Business With
Esri ArcGIS
8.2
QGIS
8.9
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Product Direction (% positive)
Esri ArcGIS
8.3
QGIS
8.6
Global Mapper
7.3

Features

Data Management
Data Capture
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
9.2
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Data Storage
Esri ArcGIS
8.7
QGIS
8.9
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Data Manipulation
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
9.0
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Data Visualization
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
9.1
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Map Creation
Geocoding
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
QGIS
8.9
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Buffer Zone Query
Esri ArcGIS
9.1
QGIS
8.9
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Overlaying
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
9.3
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Publishing
Esri ArcGIS
9.0
QGIS
8.7
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Analysis
Spatial Analysis
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
QGIS
9.0
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Reporting
Esri ArcGIS
8.5
QGIS
8.8
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Real-Time Streaming
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
QGIS
8.3
Global Mapper
Not enough data available

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
25.1%
30.7%
22.7%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
37.2%
28.4%
50.0%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
37.7%
40.9%
27.3%
Esri ArcGIS
Small-Business
25.1%
Mid-Market
37.2%
Enterprise
37.7%
QGIS
Small-Business
30.7%
Mid-Market
28.4%
Enterprise
40.9%
Global Mapper
Small-Business
22.7%
Mid-Market
50.0%
Enterprise
27.3%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Government Administration
18.4%
Government Administration
14.8%
Oil & Energy
31.8%
 
Higher Education
9.6%
Environmental Services
11.4%
Civil Engineering
27.3%
 
Environmental Services
9.6%
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
 
Civil Engineering
8.3%
Research
8.0%
Wireless
4.5%
 
Utilities
7.0%
Higher Education
6.8%
Renewables & Environment
4.5%
 
Other
47.1%
Other
50.0%
Other
22.7%
Esri ArcGIS
Government Administration
18.4%
Higher Education
9.6%
Environmental Services
9.6%
Civil Engineering
8.3%
Utilities
7.0%
Other
47.1%
QGIS
Government Administration
14.8%
Environmental Services
11.4%
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
Research
8.0%
Higher Education
6.8%
Other
50.0%
Global Mapper
Oil & Energy
31.8%
Civil Engineering
27.3%
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
Wireless
4.5%
Renewables & Environment
4.5%
Other
22.7%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Sarah R.
User in Higher Education

I like the interface that GIS uses. Specifically the Desktop version (I mainly use ArcMap10.2, and ArcCatalog,). I find Arc products to be very consistent, and as such, I feel comfortable using the various software in different situations. Its is also...

Christopher W.
User in Information Technology and Services

The best thing about QGIS is that it is so easy to use. It can read most geographic and many non-geographic data formats that you wish to throw at it; it has a wonderfully intuitive user interface; it renders everything quickly and in good quality; and for...

User in Environmental Services

The software is quick at generating elevation contours from point cloud data. It also does a good job of bringing in base maps. Some of the measurement tools are pretty helpful when trying to show strike and dip of geologic features, such as drawing...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Mining & Metals

Steep learning curve, high cost and additional cost to use toolboxes

Consultant

Software is prone to crashing - many plugins that you can download as an add-on simply do not function - When you download a plugin it is not always easy to locate, it does not automatically fall under the plugins menu

User in Oil & Energy

I haven't used the product enough to form an opinion.

 
Esri ArcGIS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Sarah R.
User in Higher Education

I like the interface that GIS uses. Specifically the Desktop version (I mainly use ArcMap10.2, and ArcCatalog,). I find Arc products to be very consistent, and as such, I feel comfortable using the various software in different situations. Its is also...

Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Mining & Metals

Steep learning curve, high cost and additional cost to use toolboxes

QGIS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Christopher W.
User in Information Technology and Services

The best thing about QGIS is that it is so easy to use. It can read most geographic and many non-geographic data formats that you wish to throw at it; it has a wonderfully intuitive user interface; it renders everything quickly and in good quality; and for...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Consultant

Software is prone to crashing - many plugins that you can download as an add-on simply do not function - When you download a plugin it is not always easy to locate, it does not automatically fall under the plugins menu

Global Mapper
Most Helpful Favorable Review
User in Environmental Services

The software is quick at generating elevation contours from point cloud data. It also does a good job of bringing in base maps. Some of the measurement tools are pretty helpful when trying to show strike and dip of geologic features, such as drawing...

Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Oil & Energy

I haven't used the product enough to form an opinion.

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Videos

 

See how Horry Telephone Cooperative uses ArcGIS Online to analyze its business data.

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Esri ArcGIS

See how Horry Telephone Cooperative uses ArcGIS Online to analyze its business data.

QGIS
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Global Mapper
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Downloads

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QGIS
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Global Mapper
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