gaia(1) 3D interface to the planet.


gaia [options]


gaia is an Earth viewer that lets you navigate around the globe and zoom into almost any place.


-w, --world=MODEL
Select world model. Default model is `flat', which gives you simple flat world view, similar to plain paper map. No rotation or tilt, but this model is fastest. Another model currently available is `3d', which will show you earth as a globe with extended navigation functions. It's currently not finished, so not much of use.

-m, --master=TYPE
Select master layer. Master layer determines where earth data comes from and how it's shown. Default master layer is `nasa', which needs no explanation. Another layer is `test' used primarily for testing other components.

-t, --test
Add test slave layer. Used for testing like test master layer.

-g, --grid
Add grid slave layer. Shows dynamic geographical grid (not fully functional currently).

-p, --gps=SOURCE
Add GPS slave layer. Shows location of GPS device and it's route. Available sources are:

gpsd://host[:port] - Connect to gpsd running on specified host and port. Port is optional and defaults to 2947. Gpsd supports many GPS devices and may be run locally or remotely. For details, see

nmea://path - Path to device (socket/fifo also works) that outputs NMEA information from GPS device.

test:// - Provides fake coordinates for layer testing.

-h, --help
Display a summary of the command line options.


Arrow Keys | Drag left mouse button
Pan view.

=/- | Drag the right mouse button | Mouse wheel
Zoom in, zoom out.

Q | Esc
Quit the program.


This manual page was written by Adam Cecile <[email protected]> and Jorda Polo <[email protected]> for the Debian system (but may be used by others).

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.