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in partnership with the European Space Agency

Web WorldWind

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3D virtual globe API for JavaScript, developed by NASA in partnership with ESA. Provides a geographic context, complete with terrain, for visualizing geographic or geo-located information in 3D and 2D. Web WorldWind provides high-resolution terrain and imagery, retrieved from remote servers automatically as needed. Developers can provide custom terrain and imagery. Provides a collection of shapes for displaying and interacting with geographic data and representing a range of geometric objects.

  • has setup instructions, developers guides, API documentation and more
  • Forum provides help from the WorldWind community
  • WebStorm is used by the NASA WorldWind development team

Get Started

The Web WorldWind Developer's Guide has a complete description of Web WorldWind's functionality. You'll also find there links to many Web WorldWind resources, including a user guide. The latest Web WorldWind release provides many simple examples showing how to use all of Web WorldWind's functionality.


Install NodeJS. The build is known to work with v6.9.2 (LTS).

  • npm install downloads WorldWind's dependencies

  • npm run build builds everything

  • npm run doc generates the WorldWind API documentation

  • npm run test runs WorldWind's unit tests

  • npm run test:watch automatically runs WorldWind's unit tests when source code changes


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.