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After several recommendations, I thought I'd familiarize myself with the capabilities of QGIS.

I downloaded the program, but apart from basic loading of data, I got lost (the help file wasn't much informative).

Can you recommend me good web resources and tutorials that would show me QGIS' capabilities? I am in particularly interested in developing applications using QGIS.


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Here you have great manual for beginning: A Gentle Introduction to GIS Brought to you with Quantum GIS, a Free and Open Source Software GIS Application for everyone; by T. Sutton, O. Dassau, M. Sutton

Video lectures for that manual can be found here


  1. GISTUTOR.COM site offers well-made tutorial "step by step" with the information how to perform each task (not only about Qgis)
  2. On the Quantum Wiki there is section How do I do that in QGIS

Have fun!

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I can highly recommend "the QGIS book" Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source Tools by Gary E. Sherman http://www.pragprog.com/titles/gsdgis/desktop-gis

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The Geospatial Desktop book is revised version of the book you mentioned. –  radek Jan 24 '12 at 16:07

Check out the:

  • QGIS Manual - all features are described in detail
  • PyQGIS Cookbook - if you want to dive into creating python scripts and plugins
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The Free QuantumGIS Training manual by Tim Sutton at linfiniti is excellent.

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I found this, but it seems to be a bit too old, but maybe it should be in this list anyways.

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Tutorial QuantumGIS/GRASS

Introduction to Quantum GIS (Titan) Version 0.8.0

Is for older versions but can help you starting using Qgis

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QGis was my introduction to all of this, and I got my self started with the material on the QGis site - http://www.qgis.org/en/documentation/manuals.html

The development of the software in recent months has left quite a lot of the third-party tutorial material behind but the changes have all been added features rather than a radical re-design so working through some of the older tutorials will give you a good grounding in the basics and prepare you to dip into the manuals when you're ready to do more adventurous stuff.

As you get more confident, its worth having a good GRASS reference to hand, like "Opensource GIS a GRASS Approach" by Neteler and Mitasova, and "PostGIS in Action" by Obe and Hsu (Manning).

And finally, its worth tracking the "Planet QGis" blog for more technical and development stuff.

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Workbook from the QGIS Workshop

is a good starting point

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I wouldn't recommend using sources from 2007. Too much has changed since then. –  underdark Nov 19 '10 at 8:04
And the web site is dead!! –  Vassilis May 3 at 8:37

This web-based workshop from Lex Berman at Harvard's CGA has been helpful to me. http://maps.cga.harvard.edu/qgis/

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I'm running a free online eCourse called "QGIS for Newbies". The course is video based (close captioned) and also has additional downloadable course materials.


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a bit advanced: Programming and QGIS



QGIS Tutorials and Tips

This one is better suited for beginners: QGIS 2.0 WORKSHOP

Great resource for developing plugins: QGIS Workshop

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Video tutorials for QGIS 2.2 (QGIS in under 10 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNCPalajQvg7wQvzf3fM8fOZ5lMKl86Q4

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