How do I create a fishnet shapefile using QGIS?

The equivalent task of "Create Fishnet" in ArcGIS.

  • I do not have access to ArcGIS. How does such fishnet look like? Is is anything else than a regular grid which is potentially rotated by a given angle? – user30184 Nov 25 '14 at 21:05
  • it is a simple 2D grid of rectangular polygons – gene Nov 25 '14 at 21:09
  • Tom.bio QGIS Biological Recording Plugin - Is very good. With the condition do not forget to save vector grid. So, it can be used to trace netfish visually and with "User Specified" option selected, you can use any projection system. – Panait Valentin Mar 21 '17 at 14:28

Look at the Processing Toolbox and you may choose many algorithms without the need of a plugin

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    +1 For the toolbox screenshot. So many ways for doing the same thing! It's a little daunting to new users. – WhiteboxDev Nov 25 '14 at 21:53

You don't need a plugin, just use the toolbox:

(QGIS) Geoalgorithms > Vector creation tools > Create Grid

In QGIS 2.10 this is called 'Create Graticule'


Vector grid creation has been incorporated in QGIS for a long time:

Vector -> Research Tools -> Vector Grid

Note that the default grid spacing of 0.0001000000 units of the layer CRS is too small in most cases.

You might want to use Vector -> Geometry Tools -> Densify Geometries afterwards if you need to reproject the grid to another CRS where the lines should appear bended.


In QGIS 3.4, in the Processing toolbox, look for SAGA >> Vector general >> Create polygons graticule

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