Where can I download sat imagery. I've read that OpenLayers provide such things but it requires an internet connexion, and I mostly use QGIS with an offline computer. So do you know a way/provider (for free) for such products?

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You can download Landsat imagery via EarthExplorer. That is quite low resolution.

Another global dataset is BlueMarble, which is very nice, and is low res too, but globally that makes for a gigantic dataset.

More locally, you could contact your municipal government, or state government, and see if they'll allow you to download an image, which could be high resolution (up to 0.1 m resolution). But usually they'll want to charge you.

  • Thanks for the sources! By any chances, do you know if there's a way to import some scenery from google earth?
    – Obi Wan
    Jan 29, 2015 at 11:30
  • I think that Google Earth Pro (which is free now) allows you to export georeferenced images, but you'll have to read their conditions of use to see if you're allowed to use it for what you want to do.
    – Alex Leith
    Feb 1, 2015 at 21:38
  • I did create an account with googlearth pro but didn't find where this features was. Even not sure it still exists. As speaking of it, I ll have a look tomorrow once more. I keep in touch'
    – Obi Wan
    Feb 2, 2015 at 23:30
  • Well, with google earth pro I'm able to capture screen content but at current scale. I thought I would be able to capture large area of "HD tiles" but it's not working that way.I kindly thank you for your help.
    – Obi Wan
    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:06

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