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3D Globes and 2D Maps in a Browser

Cesium is a JavaScript library for creating 3D globes and 2D maps in a web browser without any plugins. It uses WebGL for hardware-accelerated graphics, and is cross-platform, cross-browser, and tuned for dynamic-data visualization.

Cesium example

Core Features

  • Dynamic Geospatial Visualization:
    • Create data-driven, time-dynamic scenes with CZML.
    • Visualize high-resolution worldwide terrain.
    • Draw imagery layers using WMS, TMS, OpenStreetMaps, Bing, and Esri standards.
    • Draw vector data from GeoJSON and TopoJSON.
    • Draw 3D models using COLLADA and glTF.
    • Use plugins to extend Cesium.
  • Built for Performance and Precision:
    • Optimized WebGL with batching and culling efficiently uses hardware-accelerated graphics.
    • Draw a wide range of geometries including polylines, polygons, billboards, labels, extrusions, and corridors.
    • Control the camera and create flight paths.
    • Use standard widgets to control animation time, select imagery layers, and zoom to a location.
  • One API, Three Views:
    • Cesium supports a 3D globe, 2D map, and 2.5D Columbus View with the same API.

Implemented Standards

  • WMS and WMTS



Licence: Apache 2.0 license

Software Version: 1.4

Supported Platforms: Platform independent, depends only on a browser which supports WebGL

Community Support: Mailing list

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