Terrain Sculptor

Terrain Sculptor is a specialized application for the generalization of terrain models for relief shading. Terrain Sculptor removes irrelevant terrain detail and accentuates important terrain features.


Terrain Sculptor is free open source software by Bernhard Jenny, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich, and Anna Leonowicz, Department of Geography, University of Zurich. © by B. Jenny and A. Leonowicz, 2010–2012.

You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.


Feb 20th, 2015: Version 2.0.1 fixes bug on Mac OS 10.10 and updates Windows EXE file.

May 31st, 2011: Version 2.0 is much faster than previous versions.


Terrain Scultpor is free and open-source software. Version 2.0.1 of February 20, 2015 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Please see the system requirements.
If you have troubles starting on Mac OS X, see here.

Data Import and Export

Use File – Open Terrain Model to load a terrain model from a ESRI ASCII grid file.

freegeographytools.com has a tutorial showing how to convert terrain models to this format.

Use File – Save Filtered Terrain Model to store the terrain model in an ESRI ASCII grid file.

Source Code

Java source code of version 2.0 is available for Netbeans 7.