Visualize and process live captured 3D LiDAR data in real-time

LidarView is an open source platform, built from ParaView, that performs real-time visualization, recording and processing of 3D LiDAR data. Originally developed in collaboration with Velodyne, LidarView can be adapted and extended for custom needs such as specific point-cloud processing (SLAM, object detection, lane marking interpretation, road-sign recognition, point-cloud labeling, etc.)


  • Customizable framework for Lidar processing
  • Robust SLAM algorithm
  • Powerful data visualization and analysis software
  • Integrates with a large number of lidar devices, including major manufacturers
  • Input from live sensor stream or recorded .pcap file
  • Visualization of time-stamped LiDAR returns in 3D
  • Spreadsheet inspector for LiDAR attributes (timestamp, azimuth, laser id, etc)
  • Record to .pcap from sensor
  • Export to CSV, PLY, PCD, LAS or VTK formats
  • Grid and Ruler tools
  • Show or hide lasers subsets
  • Show multiple frames of data simultaneously and aggregate them
  • Apply 3D transforms to pointclouds
  • Run SLAM to estimate the trajectory of the LiDAR in the scene and build a 3D map of the environment

LidarView in Action

Customizing LidarView

ParaView is a powerful application for processing and visualizing lidar sensor data. In addition to the open source application, LidarView, Kitware has developed numerous custom software solutions for our lidar customers. Kitware team can work with you to customize LidarView and incorporate the application into your existing workflows. Contact us to discuss how LidarView can be applied to your project.