Mapping/GIS Complete newbie here -- Strugging!

Hi folks… title says it all… any help would be greatly appreciated!
Just a couple of quick ones (I hope)…

  1. I would like to install ODM / WebODM on Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (would prefer Windows, but if needs be, I could also do it on Linux Mint 18… is there a preference in which OS to use?
  2. Does the purchased WebODM Installer install everything needed to get up and running?? so is it point and click?
  3. How does ODM/ WebODM compare with other mapping software (I realise it is Open Source, so development resources will be limited!)

Thanks to all who can help!


I’ll let @pierotofy address the first two. As to the third, the outputs compare favorably to closed-source alternatives, but we’re always improving.

Thanks Smathermather…
I am very much a newbie with all of this, but I would like to purchase and install this… hoping it is an ‘All-in-one’ installer


  1. Windows 10 Pro works great, I’d recommend that one if you want to use an installer. If you are comfortable with the command line, using docker directly on Linux Mint might give you slightly better performance.

  2. It does most of the work for you, you still need to follow the instructions in the manual as certain steps in certain setups cannot be automated. Everything is point and click. If you run into troubles, you are also covered by technical support, which will help you troubleshoot eventual problems in the installation if they happen.

Thanks pierotofy,
I think I will take the plunge then, and get the Win installer…

Just one last question though… I understand it does most of the work, but does it do the install of the base ODM, or do I need to install that manually before WebODM/?

looking forward to this!


It will install and orchestrate all.

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I’m off to get this done now…
The group has a new member now… (me).

For what its worth… the Mavic 2 Pro has an issue with Altitude… I have come up with what I think is a work-around… I have attached a document explaining this, and can forward the Excel sheet if anyone wants it… If anyone can see a problem in this work-around, please let me know. (I had to convert the PDF into 3 JPGs to upload here)

thanks again folks!

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Hey Mike,

I’m a geospatial data analyst and drone pilot.

Life of a drone pilot/mapper… Z heights are almost always inaccurate from the drone and need to be corrected as part of every job before processing.

To calculate your target GSD outputs you should try to reference your heights from other data sources or physical measurements if possible.

There are some programs out there to batch fix z height meta.

Hope this helps :+1:t2:

Thanks a million for that reply… As I mentioned, I am still coming to grips with all of this!
What did you think of the process I outlined to fix the altitudes>