How can I subdivide the scale bar segments in smaller subsegments?

I want to style my scale bar like this:

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To make the question clear I edited the posting.


There's a few steps involved:

  1. Create your first scalebar showing kilometers and set the relevant options:

    First scalebar

  1. Select the first scalebar and copy/paste it below the original and set the relevant options:

    Second scalebar

  1. For the copied scalebar, set its Font colour to have an opacity of 0%:

    Item Properties > Fonts and colours > Font colour

    Set opacity

  1. Move the copied scalebar and align it to match the original scalebar. Select both these scalebars and group them:

    Group items

  1. You should hopefully have a scalebar with subdivided segments:


  • Thanks, but this I already did. I thought about grouping two differently styled scale bars with different settings in unit and segment menu. But this seems not to be very serious. – parallax Dec 2 '14 at 16:11
  • You could request this feature to be added in the newer versions of QGIS. You will have to register first before posting requests/bugs etc. – Joseph Dec 3 '14 at 15:21

In arcgis, you can add scale bars with segments by editing its division properties. You can follow this guide


Which mentions

  • Adjust number of divisions—Preserves the division value and tries to preserve the scale bar width by adjusting the number of divisions.
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