I need to generate tiles from shape files (which contain contour lines) I've loaded into QGIS. I'm trying to use the QTiles plugin to generate these tiles, but when I run it, it only generates blank tiles.

Following settings used: Output: Directory Extent: Canvas Extent Zoom: 10 - 12 Quality: Use TMS tiles convention

It almost looks like the canvas extent has not been selected properly? It seems like I'm missing something small. Possibly a decent tutorial will also help. I'm new to QGIS and I'm using 2.8.3-Wein on Ubuntu.

I've tried generating tiles with the natural earth oceans vector and it seems to work fine.

  • I am also a newbie. I encountered the same problem. I tried to change the coordinate reference allocated to the area I am interested in but the tile appears blank and located rather far from the geo-referenced area. I am in Timor-Leste (East Timor) therefore I use the WGS 84/UTM Zone 51s. I have also tried 52s but didn't work. Have I missed any important steps? Help please. Oct 29, 2018 at 3:02
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I solved the problem by taking a hint from this post.

The problem seemed to have been that my shape files did not have the appropriate coordinate reference system (CRS) set.

I fixed this by selecting all of the layers, right-click > Properties Then went to Coordinate reference system section and select the correct CRS in the drop down.

On doing the next Qtiles generation my shapes were rendered.

  • 4+ year old answer solved my problem. Love it when that happens, and thank you!
    – Wes
    May 18, 2016 at 13:10

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