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CloudCompare is an open source tool for editing and processing dense 3D point clouds (such as those acquired with laser scanners).

The main purpose of CloudCompare on Puhti is to serve as a tool for visualizing point cloud data.


The following versions of CloudCompare are available in Puhti:

  • Cloudcompare 2.10.3


Puhti web interface

Start an xfce or mate Desktop session of the Puhti web interface:

  1. Log in to Puhti web interface
  2. Start a 'mate' or 'xfce' Desktop : Apps -> Desktop, choose Desktop: 'mate' or 'xfce'.
  3. Using the 'host terminal', load the CloudCompare module and start the graphical user interface, using:
module load cloudcompare


CloudCompare is published under the GNU General Public License.

You are free to use CloudCompare for any purpose, including commercially or for education.


CloudCompare (version 2.10.3) [GPL software]. (2021). Retrieved from <a href="" aria-label="CloudCompare homepage">CloudCompare</a>

Also cite the plugin authors, if you used a plugin.

In your publications please acknowledge also Geoportti and CSC, for example β€œThe authors wish to acknowledge for computational resources CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland (urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072531) and the Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (oGIIR, urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072513).”


Last edited Thu Mar 31 2022