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In my project, I use a lot of geodata from different directories. Now I want to give the QGIS project to a colleague (eg on a CD).

Is it possible to copy the shapes from different directories automatically to one directory?

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You're looking for the QConsolidate plugin, which works very well. It will transfer everything to a single directory and rewrite the .QGS project file (an XML file) to point to the new source locations.

EDIT 2015-02-22

QConsolidate is still listed as experimental - you'll have to enable "Show also experimental plugins" in the settings dialog.

However - it works very well. Notes:

  • You must have saved the project you're working on before attempting to consolidate it elsewhere;
  • The output format will be the project (.QGS) file, together with a folder called 'layers' that (surprise!) contains the layers;
  • QConsolidate will convert database layers into shapefiles and rewrite the project file to refer to the new shapefile;
  • While often you may want to share the consolidated project on an external / thumb drive, save it on a local hard drive first as the many write operations made will really slow things down if you try to consolidate directly onto slow media.
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Thank you very much. QConsolidate is exactly what I was looking for. –  Hendrik Pehlke Sep 13 '12 at 8:43
@HendrikPehlke You might want to accept his answer. Just click the check mark :) –  R.K. Sep 18 '12 at 17:56

I don't know about a way in QGIS itself, but the project file (.qgs) is just a text file. Therefore a primitive but effective way would be to copy everything manually into one directory, then alter the <datasource></datasource> tags in the .qgs file either using find and replace or a regular expression to point to the new directory.

If you've got a lot of different files/directories, one option would be to automate it in python by searching for each tag in the .qgs file, copying each related file with that name to a directory, and then replacing the .qgs tag with the new directory.

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