The GMT 5 major version was released on November 5, 2013. This site hosts the previous major version, GMT 4. We strongly recommend that existing GMT 4 users consider visiting the GMT 5 site and upgrade to GMT 5. You may also consider installing both versions to assist you in the transition from GMT 4 to 5, using gmtswitch to switch between versions. We expect to maintain GMT 4 (with bug-fixes only) until work on GMT 6 commences in a year or two.

What is GMT?

GMT is an open source collection of ~65 tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets (including filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and producing Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots via contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-D perspective views; the GMT supplements add another ~70 more specialized tools. GMT supports over 30 map projections and transformations and comes with support data such as GSHHG coastlines, rivers, and political boundaries. GMT is developed and maintained by Paul Wessel and Walter H. F. Smith with help from a global set of volunteers, and is supported by the National Science Foundation. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Current GMT 4 version is 4.5.15 released Oct. 1, 2016.


GMT celebrated its 20th anniversary on Oct 7, 2011. The event was marked by a seminar at the University of Hawaii where Paul Wessel gave a talk [47 minutes] on the origin, use, capabilities, and future of GMT. For a 480p SD [243 Mb] or 720p HD [776 Mb] video podcast of the presentation, visit iTunes University or download the MP4 video directly by selecting either the 480p SD or 720p HD link.