The award winning StatPlanet software enables you to visually explore all your data within a single intuitive interface, through integrated interactive maps and graphs. StatPlanet Desktop is completely free for non-commercial, government, educational and academic use and is widely used by UN agencies, government agencies, universities and educational institutions. Use StatPlanet Cloud to publish your interactive maps online. An open source web-based version of StatPlanet was released in 2019.


StatPlanet Desktop consists of a powerful set of tools for automatically importing and visualizing your data within minutes. When first released in 2008, StatPlanet was the world's first web & desktop based visualization app integrating interactive maps and graphs. With a click of a button, you can select and seamlessly transition between data sets, time periods, map regions, graph and map types. Users can dynamically customize the view according to their needs for better analysis and decision making. A key strength is its integration of graphs and maps into a single view. This enables users to simultaneously explore and filter the data through multiple, interconnected visualizations. 

StatPlanet Desktop supports automated importing of large data sets, importing of maps (such as in the shapefile map format), branding (logo embedding), multidimensional tables, meta data display, and many other features.

  • Web: For publishing on the web and/or use on mobile devices, see StatPlanet Cloud. The two products can be used together and share the same data file. StatPlanet Cloud has replaced our previous web-based version of StatPlanet (StatPlanet Web). It runs on any device through the web browser (including smartphones, tablets). 
  • Gallery: The Gallery showcases StatPlanet implementations by government agencies and international organizations such as OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank. See also StatPlanet World Bank, the first prize winning entry in the World Bank's Apps for Development competition.
  • Getting started: The getting started guide explains step by step how to set up your map and import your data. The resources section has additional support documentation.
  • Educational use: Schools and education institutions can use StatPlanet for free - see the recommended resources to get started.


See also the StatPlanet Desktop add-on modules for features which are not included by default. To compare StatPlanet Desktop with other StatPlanet Cloud, please see the feature comparison.

Embed logo:

  • Embed a custom logo in the main StatPlanet interface screen (bottom-right corner), replacing the existing StatPlanet logo (this feature is not available in the free non-commercial desktop version). In the licensed web version the logo can be loaded from an external image file (JPG, PNG or SWF). In the licensed desktop version the logo is embedded within the software, and can be provided in any image format. For customizing the startup splash screen, the Splash Screen Module is required.

Map options:

  • Import maps in the commonly used ESRI Shapefile format (see also: free shapefile map downloads).
  • Custom design your maps in Adobe Animate or Flash, using the included Custom Flash map edition.
  • Add "map points" such as cities, regional aggregations and other points of interest, through a drag-and-drop interface.
  • Create proportional symbol maps using external icons / images.
  • Add links to map roll-over popups (single or double click), customizable for each indicator.

Graph options:

  • Additional graph types:
    • Vertical bubble chart, where bubbles can be resized according to a second indicator.
    • Multiple indicator line chart / time series chart (with add-on module only).
    • Multiple Indicators Stacked Area Chart (with add-on module only).
  • Display benchmarks: add one or two benchmark or target lines in your graphs, with customizable labels and mouse-over popups.
  • Display axes units / labels.

Multidimensional tables:

  • View data for all years / time units for the selected indicator (one indicator, all years/time units).
  • View data for all indicators in the selected category (multiple indicators, one year/time unit).
  • View data for all years / time units and for all indicators in the selected category (multiple indicators, multiple years/time units).
  • View data for all indicators in all categories, for the selected map area and year / time unit (all indicators, one year/time unit, one map area).
  • Filter table by map region or by selected map areas.
  • Export your customized table as a 'CSV' (comma separated values) file which can be opened in Excel or other spreadsheet software.

Data options:

  • No indicator limit. Organize indicators through categories and if required - sub-categories and sub-sub-categories.
  • Option to dynamically load data from a database.
  • Split large data files into multiple smaller data files to reduce the initial download size, and only load additional data when the user requests it through the drop-down menus.

Meta data:

  • Incorporate indicator meta data through the story panel (such as the description, source, and calculation method). Text and images can be formatted using HTML code. This meta data can optionally be loaded from external html files.
  • Incorporate map area meta data through map area rollover popups. Alternatively, it can be displayed as a scrollable panel when clicking on a map area.
  • Incorporate category meta data as a rollover popup when selecting categories through the drop-down menu.
  • Automatic meta data importing.

Add-on modules:

Export options:

  • Export maps, graphs and charts as a PNG or JPG file (web version only). This requires a web server that is configured to run PHP or ASP files.
  • Export data as a CSV data file (web version only). This requires a web server that is configured to run PHP or ASP files.

International character sets:

  • International character sets are available on request, e.g. Arabic or Chinese. Please note that fonts are embedded, so they increase the size of the application - usually by around 50 to 250 kb.

Other features:

  • E-mail feedback icon: Include an optional e-mail icon with customizable e-mail address/subject/body to get comments or feedback from users.
  • Link icon: copy (share) a link to the currently selected indicator, graph and time/year.
  • Search panel: dynamic search for indicators, with search results updating as you type.
  • Sitemap: auto-generate a complete categorized list of links to all indicators in StatPlanet (produces HTML code for embedding in a web-page). See example.
  • Statistics: display customizable indicator-level statistics (total, mean, standard deviation, range).

For more details, see also the release notes.


StatPlanet Desktop Editions

  • World Map: StatPlanet with embedded world map. It comes with predefined world map regions and pre-positioned country text labels, both of which can be customized. Dashed grey lines are used to show disputed borders between countries. The import macro is optimized for importing country-level data regardless of the country code or naming used in your data files.
  • USA State Map: StatPlanet with embedded US state map. It comes with predefined US map regions and pre-positioned US state text labels, both of which can be customized.
  • Custom Map: Load any ESRI shapefile map into StatPlanet, one of the most common map formats. To optimize your maps for the web, please see: simplify and reduce the size of your maps. For large shapefile maps (over 1000 map areas) it is recommended that you test the map to confirm it is compatible with StatPlanet prior to purchase.

Related products:

  • StatPlanet Cloud: The web-based, cross-platform version of StatPlanet Desktop with support for flexible, drag-and-drop layouts
  • StatTrends: Visualize non-spatial data


StatPlanet Desktop is free for non-commercial use, excluding add-on modules. Listed below are the different licenses and corresponding costs for a perpetual (non-expiring) license of StatPlanet Desktop.


  Non-commercial / government Commercial
StatPlanet Desktop  Free 695 USD


License and payment details

  • Technical support: One year of e-mail technical support is included with a license purchase. Continued e-mail technical support can be provided through a license renewal, or through the public Forum.
  • Payment in other currencies: Please indicate your preferred currency of payment through the purchase form for a custom quote.
  • Payment methods: Payments can be made either via bank transfer (wire transfer), Credit Card or PayPal.
  • Upgrades:  Once purchased, future upgrades are available at a discounted price. The upgrade price is for a one-time upgrade only, so subsequent upgrades would require the purchase of a new upgrade.

Load shapefile maps

StatPlanet Desktop can be used to easily load shapefile maps, one of the most popular map formats. For most shapefile maps, it only takes a few minutes to have them up and running in StatPlanet. Simply copy your shapefiles to the StatPlanet 'map' directory and run 'setup shapefile' in the StatPlanet Data Editor. For more details, please see the quick start guide.

The 'shapefile' format is a geospatial vector data format. Shapefile maps of most regions and countries can be downloaded for free (including sub-national boundaries at various administrative levels).

The Flash-based (actionscript) code for loading in the shapefile maps is open source.


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