Simply Bridge

One Click data publishing for ArcGIS and QGIS

Sharing geospatial data on the internet has never been easier thanks to GeoCat Bridge, our extension for ESRI ArcGIS and QGIS desktop software.

From your favorite desktop GIS, you are literally only one click away from publishing your geographic data and metadata to your open source server platform of choice.

What makes Bridge the ultimate publishing solution?

You are in control

Publishing using Bridge creates map services that can be used to build from the simplest to the most advanced map applications.


Comply with directives

Create View Services with related metadata that complies to ISO, OGC, INSPIRE. Even create data and metadata based upon a more specific country profile.

Supports Open Standards

Publishing data through Open Standards allows consumers to make optimal use of your data.

No more double work

Complex symbology, scale, coordinate reference systems, data formats, metadata management. We use it all and improve it where we think we do better.

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The unique features of Bridge

Create great looking maps and publish them to GeoServer, MapServer, QGIS and/or GeoNetwork metadata catalog. You can even upload your maps in PostGIS. We’ve taken that extra mile to ensure you get the best possible result, carefully optimizing the symbology output.

Publish data and metadata

Publish data as OGC map services (WMS, WFS, WCS) and more.

Publish metadata into CSW geospatial catalog servers like GeoNetwork

Configure layers

Configures layers in MapServer and/or GeoServer

Manage relations

Automatically manage relations between data, metadata and map services

Symbology conversion

Perfect symbology conversion from ArcGIS® Desktop or QGIS Desktop to SLD and/or mapfiles


Edit metadata

Make and edit metadata (required fields)


Validate against standards

Validate metadata (e.g. ISO 19115-3, INSPIRE profiles, etc.)

Load your data into PostGIS

For example: Shapefiles, GeoTIFF images, Geo-databases, Personal, SDE, Oracle Spatial, etc.

Save locally

Optionally save metadata, SLD or mapfiles documents on your local computer or network share

More questions? Check out our Bridge knowledge base or user documentation.

The right solution for you!

Sign up now and start publishing.

Try it first?

Sign up to receive a Bridge trial license.

GeoCat Bridge is the long awaited product that promises to fill the gap between our open – and closed source hybrid geospatial frameworks. Specific knowledge on how to make services is no longer needed. Finally we can fulfil the needs of our staff by providing them with a tool to make services by themselves in an easy way.

Thijs van Menen

Technical Advisor, Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment)

The combination of ArcGIS Desktop and publishing data to an open source server platform in accordance with INSPIRE regulations is exactly what our customers need. It is one of the main reasons why we were asked to build the INSPIRE services for all 25 Regional Water Authorities and the Department of Cultural Heritage (RCE) in The Netherlands.

Sjaak Dieleman

Manager, Nieuwland Geo-Informatie

GeoCat Bridge is a key part of our Neftex Earth Model publishing workflow, enabling us to easily replicate the geological symbols used to style our ArcGIS produced content. Now we can deliver Web Map Services to our international oil industry clients through GeoServer, retaining the familiar appearance of our desktop GIS data products.

Alex Rushfort

GIS Specialist / Developer, Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd

World-Class Customer Support

Because we want to succeed with GeoCat Bridge, all paid subscriptions automatically enjoy continuous customer support and software maintenance. There is no need to budget for GeoCat Bridge software releases, because they are part of the package. As a bonus, you will also get the chance to bring in new software features, receive early access to new releases, and influence our development process.

Your GeoCat Bridge subscription provides a total solution ensuring you are always up and running and have the most current release. You can contact us anytime, whether it’s by phone, email, or through our support form. 

Prices exclude VAT. Please contact us if the pricing plans above do not suit your needs.

Bridge works best with connections to a GeoNetwork metadata catalog for metadata publishing (OGC-CSW) and to a GeoServer or MapServer map server for layer publishing (OGC WMS, WFS, WCS). Bridge can also export ISO19139 Metadata, Style Layer Descriptor (OGC SLD, GeoServer), and Mapfile (MapServer) configuration files to a local drive. Some layer styles or annotations/labels may not be supported, depending on the target.

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