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How to identify duplicate attributes in a field?

I have a point shapefile with thousand of points. It has an ID code field that supposed to be unique. Every now and then the data entry clerk wrongly type the id creating duplicates.Right now I'm ...
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How to display only selected features on map?

Not sure if this option ever existed, but the new QGIS version hides a lot of things somewhere else and this seems so simple that I'm kind of convinced it was possible to do this before. I have quite ...
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How to import coordinate data from excel into QGIS?

I have an excel file containing data collected over many years as latitude and longitude coordinates for archaeological sites - how can I import it into QGIS as a new layer?
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Are there open-source alternatives to ArcGIS online that can be hosted on my own server?

I know this might be too broad topic. But I am looking for web-GIS portal similar to ArcGIS online that is self-installable (configurable) to be hosted in my private server. The main features should ...
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How to display geoJSON from an URL in a layer?

I am looking for some type of plugin or code which would allow me to add a geojson URL, define the areas to input the lat/long variables from the visible Qgis canvas map and call/render the results ...
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OpenLayers Plugin Error: latitude or longitude exceeded limits

I'm aware the 'traceback' OpenLayers plugin error has been dealt with before, so apologies for raising the issue once again. Unfortunately for me, the solutions posted were way over my head, e.g. ...
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How to concatenate labels in QGIS?

I'm using QGIS 1.8 on windows XP machine and I try to do a concatenation of several fields to label the names of my local roads in the attribute table, but I can not find the correct syntax. The first ...
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How to copy the color styling to a color column in a layer's attribute table?

I have a polygon layer in QGIS that I have applied a random color style to each polygon. Under Layer Properties -> Style I selected a Categorized style and then generated a random color ramp. I added ...
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Splitting shapefile into separate shapefiles for each feature using QGIS/GDAL/SAGA?

I have a polyline shapefile with about 20 kinds of roads. I would like to know how can I create automatically a vector file for each one. I am aware of how to do it using ArcGIS for Desktop - see ...
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How to create desire lines in QGIS?

How can I show the flow coming from an Origin-Destination matrix as desire lines? I need a result like the one in the picture below. I need to scale them proportionally to its value (coming from a ...
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How to clean such a bad shapefile for routing ?

I am trying to clean a shapefile to make it usable for routing with pgrouting, postgis, postgresql. Here an intersection, it seems to be connected but when we zoom …. It is not: Same here : ...
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What to do with -3.4e+38 nodata values?

I am trying to process some bioclimatic raster files, such as can be downloaded from http://www.worldclim.org/current (bioclim set). They seem to have nodata values set to -3.4e+38 according to QGIS ...
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Is there a way to use “Select by Attribute” in QGIS using a python command?

is there a way to use the function "Select by Attribute" in QGIS using a python command? In my plugin the user should enter a value via a GUI and this value should be used in a function which selects ...
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How to add labels outside of features?

I'm trying to achieve this kind of labeling using QGIS. Apparently, it doesn't seem to be easily supported. Would you have an idea for a workaround ? I managed to have circled text using ...
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Project an attribute from one polygon layer to another

I have 2 polygon layers which can be found here. The two layers are overlapping. The first contains a map of the German counties in 1928 and the second the counties how they are in 2014. The 2014 ...
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How to buffer a line with different distances for left/right sides

How can I buffer a line in QGIS using one attribute for the left side of the line and one attribute for the right side of the line? I am trying to buffer a river with its bank width, which is ...
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How to get features based on their attributes using Python?

How to Get features by their attributes (similar to Iqueryfilter in arcobjects) in Qgis using python? Instead of getting all features and filter it manually, is there any option to use whereclause to ...
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polishing qgis map for publication using inkscape

I have a problem modifying the map I created in QGIS. I need to add some text on the map and axis labels. Apparently, labels cannot be rotated in qgis, so this I need to do in inkscape or in a related ...
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How to create a label combining different font sizes or types?

I would like to place the elevation-number of a point in a different front size and centred under its name: Is that possible? (That is my actual labeling: label || '\n' || elevation)
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Open-source software for managing terabytes of different formats of geospatial data?

I have a problem that I am sure many GIS Teams or Departments have which is how to find, keep track of and manage multiple different datasets from multiple sources. I have read the responses from a ...
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Is it possible to connect to ArcSDE using QGIS?

Is anyone aware of any plugins, or any other way to connect and view data from an ArcSDE database in QGIS desktop?
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How to sort by multiple fields at the same time?

Is it possible to sort multiple fields at the same time in QGIS? For example, I'd like to sort a table by state name, and then within each state, sort by county name. This would be the same as the ...
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How to define Winkel Tripel in proj 4.8.0?

I have QGIS with proj 4.8.0 installed. I'd like to add Winkel Tripel projection which seems to be defined as +proj=wintri But that definition string does not work. Is this a bug in my proj version, ...
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Qgis 2.0: Disable log messages? [closed]

Is it possible to disable log messages in QGIS Dufour? When I work in QGIS 2.0, log messages increase to more than 2000 and it makes QGIS very slow. Then I save project and open it again, then QGIS ...
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Converting Polygon into single or all Points using QGIS?

I want to convert polygons into points using QGIS. I know how it's done in ArcGIS Desktop.
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How to model a graveyard - one point per deceased or one per grave? [closed]

This is a continuation of my previous question about our project on how to economically get away with the implementaion of a graveyard in a GIS system… On the graveyard we can find Regular ...
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How to update file locations in QGIS projects?

I don't know if there is an answer to this question, aside from the obvious. I have about 30 different QGIS Project files for 30 different clients. Each is saved onto my computer and all their ...
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How to quickly calculate bounding box coordinates of a selected polygon with qgis

I just manually (and somewhat inaccurately I'm sure) retrieved the bounding box coordinates for a county polygon, which is a selection from a larger layer of county shapes. I'd like to be able to use ...
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Understanding QGIS buffer tool units?

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple weeks now and have had no luck getting the buffer tool to accept anything but degrees as units of measure. I have found lots of stuff saying the ...
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Is there a QGIS equivalent of the erase tool in ArcGIS?

Is there a QGIS equivalent of the Erase tool in ArcGIS for Desktop?
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Ortho Projection produces artifacts

I`m trying to create a sphere-like view using qgis and the "world from space"-projection http://spatialreference.org/ref/sr-org/6980/ (essentialy an ortho-projection). ArcGIS wraps the shapes ...
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How to link dataframes in ArcGIS or QGIS?

The below image shows a layout in ArcGIS 10.1 with four dataframes. Each dataframe is of the same geographic area, although they are different images. For example, the top left image is a 1989 DOQ, ...
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How do I make a heat or Choropleth map that uses polygons in QGis?

I've been playing around with the heatmap plugin for QGIS and I am wondering if it is possible to make heatmap with using a similar plugin/tool that uses polygons as well as points? I would like to ...
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Running QGis from flash drive

How can I setup a portable QGis to run from a flash drive / USB-Stick? In the userguide for QGis 1.7 Wroclaw there is only mentioned the option of "--configpath". But to me it is not clear how to deal ...
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How to avoid labeling features if overlapped by another layer?

With QGIS 2.12.2, how can I set up layer labeling to avoid placing labels where features from another layer already exist? For example, if I have a stream/river polyline layer that contains lake ...
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How do I build a custom form for entering attributes in QGIS

I've done this many times in ArcGIS and ArcPad but I don't even know where to start building a custom form for data entry in QGIS. I would like to do this for field operations--QGIS would make a good ...
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Removing black edges while mosaicking using ArcGIS Desktop or QGIS?

I want to mosaic three images. Each image has a black back ground. The background is still there even after mosaicking the images, so it's like a gap between the image. How can I remove this black ...
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HERE background maps in QGIS possible?

The OpenLayers plugin for QGIS allows one to add background maps from various sources to the data frame. These sources include OSM, Google, Bing, MapQuest, and Apple. However, Nokia's HERE Maps, is ...
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How do you protect your PostGIS credentials when using QGIS 1.7?

I'm fairly certain this should be a community wiki, but I don't know how to make it one. So if an admin sees this please change if appropriate. So.....How do you protect your PostGIS database data ...
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How to enable projection transformation in QGIS

My QGIS project has two layers, one layer is retrieved by Google layer plugin which fetches the static Google map image whose CRS is +proj=merc +lon_0=0 +lat_ts=0 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +a=6378137 +b=6378137 ...
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How do I calculate the latitude and longitude of points using QGIS?

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the lat/long of points using the QGIS field calculator. Is there an easy way to do this? I saw a previous related question, but it deals with a more advanced ...
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How can I parallelise embarrassingly parallel GIS operations in QGIS python?

A common requirement in GIS is to apply a processing tool to a number of files or apply a process for a number of features in one file to another file. Much of these operations are embarrassingly ...
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Is it possible to create Thiessen polygons around nodes in QGIS?

Is it possible to create Thiessen polygons around nodes in QGIS? e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram
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What is the most appropriate journal for publishing a paper about data collection with QGIS and mobile equipment?

I am a QGIS user, and a few months ago, we used QGIS on a PC Tablet to collect data on nesting birds on a cliff directly on the field. The principle is to have QGIS installed on a PC-Tablet with an ...
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How to enable “snapping” in Quantum-GIS while drawing polygons?

I tried to draw polygons in qgis-1.7.0 and I somehow can't find or failed to find the "snapping" option. I'm used to ArcGIS-10.0 where you have some snapping options, like placing points of polygons ...
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Is there a way to add system date in print composer?

Is there a way in the Print Composer of QGIS to create a label that will automatically update the date (systems date) instead of having a label that you have to manually have to update?
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How to compute parameters for QGIS Affine transformation?

I have a vector floorplan (DXF) that I've added to a blank project in QGIS using the Dxf2Shp plugin. I've been reading tutorials and StackExchange threads, but I can't seem to find out how to ...
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How can I map a matrix of origins and destinations in QGIS?

I have a central point on a map, and I have other points in a separate layer (the location of a venue, and the origin cities of the venue visitors). Is there a plugin which would generate output ...
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After joining shapefile with CSV file graduated symbols option unavailable in QGIS?

I have successfully joined data from a csv file to a shapefile in QGIS but for some reason I am having trouble symbolizing my data. I want to use a graduated symbology however this option is not ...
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Moving points onto lines (~neighborhood)

I do have two vector layer, of which one is a point layer based on "events" by remote sensing and the second one is a line layer from local research. In my case these are earthquakes and tectonic ...