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Orbit Desktop Startup Configurations

This page is a glossary bundling all startup configurations which are not available via the user interface Preferences Panel.

Open and edit the system configuration files using a simple text editor (e.g. Notepad).
Restart Orbit to take advantage of the updated configurations.


Configuration to set charset.

The charset is used to read and write the Attribute Component of Vector Data.
The System Charset is overruled by the optional Dataset Code Page definition file at reading the Dataset Attribute Component.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Configuration to set custom Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • File : <Orbit installation directory>/program/config/orbit.english.ini
  • Parameter : List of all actions and functions available for keyboard Shortcuts, see Keyboard Shortcuts Repository.
  • Value : Keystroke value
  • Example : S RIGHT
    interactive.pointeditor.add.point.mnemonic I
    ext_panorama.measure.control.panel.button.point.mnemonic G N


Configuration to set language and load available translations.

Orbit Support manages the english tags, partners maintain other available translations.
Feedback on english tags, contact If you would like to adjust, complete or start a translations, contact

  • File : <install_folder>/program/config/orbit.ini
  • Parameter : system.languagename
  • Value : arabic, deutsch, english, espagnol, francais, greek, hebrew, lithuanian, nederlands, polski, russian, simplified_chinese, turkce
  • Default Value : english
  • Example for Spanish
    system.languagename       espagnol   

Map-Tab split ratio

Configuration to set split screen ratio of Map and Tabs at start up.

  • File : <install_folder>/program/config/orbit.ini
  • Parameter : app.element.orbitgis_extensions_tab.parameter_value
  • Value range : 0.00 - 1.00
  • Example
    app.element.orbitgis_extensions_tab.parameter_value 0.80


Configuration to set maximum memory usage.

Get more Orbit out of your powerful machine by increasing the maximum memory amount (RAM) that can be used by Orbit.
All Orbit products operate 64Bit. The maximum memory you can allocate to Orbit depends on the hardware. Reserve at least 2GB for the Operating System.

At installation, Orbit is configured to use 3GB Memory.
We do advise to set a maximum. If no maximum is set, Orbit will allocate 1/4 of the total available memory.

  • File : <install_folder>/program/bin/Orbit.ini
  • Parameter : -Xmx[Value]m
  • Value : expressed in Mega Bytes,
    • 4GB : 4096
    • 6GB : 6144
    • 8GB : 8192
  • Example
    [..]\jre64\bin\javaw.exe -Xmx4096m -splash:...


Configuration to set Http or Https Proxy arguments for Orbit Java JRE VM.

  • File : <install_folder>/program/Orbit.ini
    Add proxy configuration in between the -Xmx and -splash arguments.
  • Parameters for Http : -Dhttp.proxyHost, Dhttp.proxyPort, Dhttp.proxyUser, Dhttp.proxyPassword
  • Parameters for Https : -Dhttps.proxyHost, Dhttps.proxyPort, Dhttps.proxyUser, Dhttps.proxyPassword
  • Example for Http

Window Position

The position on screen of Orbit Windows (main frame, preference panel, dataset properties, crs selection, … ) is automatically saved and re-used at next display of the given Orbit Window.
If the last used position on screen is no longer available, e.g. 2nd monitor is not attached, the Orbit Window might not be accessible.
Hereby the steps to reset the the position on screen for all Orbit Windows :

  1. Close Orbit
  2. Delete Widow configuration file : %localappdata%/Orbit/<Product>/settings/window.ini
  3. Restart Orbit
Last modified:: 2019/03/25 11:36