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Like ArcGIS Desktop has the option of using basemaps from ArcGIS online, does QGIS have any such options?

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Printing basemaps in print composer is I believe a problem. Does anyone have any updates on printing? – Willy Apr 6 '12 at 15:52
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Update 2015: A new plugin with even more background map options is QuickMapServices

Original: Use the OpenLayers plugin to get Google Maps, Bing, OSM or Yahoo background maps.

Note that these layers are NOT SUITABLE FOR PRINTING! (see open tickets in the answer to

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Thank You @underdark. – Senthil Feb 13 '12 at 4:51
I did get the plugin . But it asks for a specific v 0.42 and the one available from sourcepole repository is 0.71 which doesnt allow me to add the basemap here. – Senthil Feb 13 '12 at 5:10
What's the error message? Which version of QGIS are you using? What's your operating system? – underdark Feb 13 '12 at 7:34
Please consider also that such layers are not reprojectable, so your QGIS project must be in Google Mercator. Also not every scale level will be available. If you need BING maps as a real WMS (so reprojectable as any other raster) try – Giovanni Manghi Feb 13 '12 at 11:08
I love this plugin, but I do find it sometimes doesn't quite line up with my data, sometimes crashes Qgis (especially when I resize my Qgis window) and doesn't line up at all when making a PDF from the print composer. Otherwise it is ace. Issues have been reported. – Spacedman Feb 14 '12 at 14:35

Another plugin to add basemaps in QGIS - QuickMapServices:

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A couple of related blog posts:

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i use mapproxy to serving google maps (without caching) as WMS. Obviously, QGIS can read WMS.

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