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SEXTANTE (Sistema EXTremeño de ANàlisis Territorial) is a library of geoprocesses developed in Java by Victor Olaya. It has more than 280 algorithms that cover many areas within the geospatial analysis, both raster and vector. SEXTANTE is embedded into major opensource GIS projects, such as gvSIG, OpenJUMP or uDig, and in free/propetary non-java projects like QGIS and ArcGIS. Sextante is distributed with OpenJUMP PLUS version


The following documents (PDF, in English) are available on OpenJUMP web site:

Other on-line documents

There is also a YouTube channel (SEXTANTE Geo-spatial Library) on how to use Sextante.

A well done documentation is also provided via Sextante>Sextante help context menu as HTML files

OpenJUMP and Sextante

Since OpenJUMP version 1.4.1 Sextante has been embedded into the PLUS version. Sextante can easily work with vectors layer loaded via File>Open>File file chooser. To work with raster files, those must be loaded using 'File>Open>Sextante Raster Image' option. Current supported image formats are ASC FLT GIF JPG PNG TIF.

Examples of Sextante Raster Algorithms

The following tables show some algorithms for Raster analysis, referring to analogous in ArcGIS Spatial Analyst

Spatial Analyst (menu) Sextante (menu)
Slope, Aspect, Real area, Curvature (Terrain Analysis) Slope, Aspect, Real area, Curvature (Geomorphometry and Terrain analysis)
Viewshed (Terrain Analysis) Visibility (Visibility and Lightning)
Hillshade (Terrain Analysis) Shaded relief (Visibility and Lightning)
Zonal Statistics (Zonal) Grid Statistics in polygons (Tools for polygons)
Sample (Extraction toolset) Sample raster layer (Tools for points)
Extract by polygon (Extraction toolset) Crop raster with polygon layer (Basic tools for raster layers)
IDW, Krigin, Natural Neighbuor (Interpolation toolset) IDW, Krigin, Nearest Neighbour (Rasterization and interpolation)
Vector to raster menu Rasterization and interpolation menu
Reclass toolset and Map Algebra toolsets Reclassify raster layer menu
Hidrology toolset Basic hydrological analisys

How to use Sextante Modeler

  1. Open Sextante Modeler
  2. Build the model and save it.
  3. Close Sextante Modeler
  4. Open Sextante Toolbox. It will show the new model into the tree under Models – Models
  5. Double click the model – Run

The folder where models are saved can be changed through Sextante settings –Models – Models folder.

Technical notes

  1. OpenJUMP Sextante binding is the file ojsextante_binding_XXX.jar (where XXX is the date of build) located into OpenJUMP/lib/ext folder
  2. the core of Sextante software are the files: sextante.jar, sextante_gui.jar and sextante_algorithms.jar located into OpenJUMP/lib/ext/sextante folder
  3. There are other files located into ext/sextante folder which are needed as external libraries by sextante, such as jfreechart and common.
  4. Source code of Sextante is stored by GvSIG CE repository
  5. Source code of OpenJUMP Sextante binding is stored in The JUMP Pilot Project