WhiteboxTools Extensions

The WhiteboxTools extensions

Whitebox Geospatial Inc. currently offers four extensions for WhiteboxTools, including the LiDAR & Remote Sensing Extension, the DEM & Spatial Hydrology Extension, the Agriculture Extension, and the General Toolset Extension. These products contain plugins that extend the functionality of the open-core of WhiteboxTools. Lists of the plugin tools contained in each extension are described on the extensions page of www.whiteboxgeo.com and more descriptions of the tools are provided in the Tools Reference of this user manual. While managed separately from the open-core, the extensions easily integrate into your current WhiteboxTools environment. Please contact support@whiteboxgeo.com for further details, or visit www.whiteboxgeo.com for current pricing information.

If you are using the WhiteboxTools Python API, you may install any of the Whitebox Extensions with the following script:

from WBT.whitebox_tools import WhiteboxTools

wbt = WhiteboxTools()


After running the above script, Python will prompt you, from the command line terminal application, which extension you would like to install. Options include 'gte' (General Toolset Extension), 'lidar' (LiDAR and Remote Sensing Extension), 'dem' (DEM and Spatial Analysis Extension), and 'agri' (Agriculture Extension). Once you specify the extension you would like installed, the application will download and install the appropriate plugin tools (this requires an Internet connect), and then prompt the user whether they would like to activate a license key. This is a necessary step before you can use the newly installed plugin tools.

Extension installation

If you are using the WhiteboxTools Runner, you may instead use the 'Install A Whitebox Extension' menu item to access this same command line application (notice that the user prompts will appear in the same terminal window used to launch the Runner and this may be in the background).

Extension installation through the WhiteboxTools Runner

For more information about installing and activating a WhiteboxTools extension, see the YouTube video here.