Can the canvas be rotated so north is pointing in some other direction than defined by the projection? This question answers with respect to the composer, but not the canvas. There is a related 5 year old entry in the bug tracking database that's closed as unnecessary. Is that the current status, or is there a way to rotate the canvas in the newer versions?

Creating a new projection is really not the answer

  • If you want to play with rotating canvas with open source GIS you can do it with OpenEV that can be installed with OSGeo4W installer.
    – user30184
    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:44
  • I have qgis projects with dozens of layers and styling for each layer. This would not work in OpenEV.
    – Llaves
    Jul 4, 2014 at 14:15

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In QGIS at bottom right corner, there is an option called 'Rotation'.

There you can rotate your canvas (or extent of view) by any angle.


Map canvas rotation is being added as a feature to QGIS 2.8. Here's a video posted by Faunalia of the feature.


  • But labels are disappearing during rotation! How to fix that?
    – Zia
    Jun 11, 2015 at 10:00

If creating new projection is not the answer then I am not aware about any direct way.

From my point of view if QGIS starts with dynamic rotation it should be taken directly to another level - 3D (2.5) like Arscene/Google Earth/Discover 3D to name few approaches of different software solutions...

There is some way through plugin GLOBE:




And export plugin:


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