Does anybody know if it's possible to create a round map frame in QGIS Map Composer to create circumpolar maps?

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    I don't think it is possible with QGIS native frame settings. But you can still clip your map with a circular polygon and style this polygon like a frame (a bit like this).
    – ArMoraer
    Apr 22, 2016 at 6:52
  • ok, but then its getting difficult with adding coordinates around the round polygon which is still embedded in the rectangular mapframe....
    – Bennet
    Apr 22, 2016 at 7:20

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There's currently no out-of-the-box functionality for this in Print Composer. As a work-around, you can add graticules as a separate layer and label their end points, like here:

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For a full how to, see https://anitagraser.com/2016/05/01/how-to-create-round-maps-in-print-composer/

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(Example uses data from http://www.quantarctica.org/)

  • Is there possibilities to do circle maps on print composer without clipping layers? I have so many layers and if I do so I will be duplicated data unnecessarily. Oct 23, 2016 at 13:41
  • @DiogoCaribé: Yes, as shown above, if you are ok with using a mask. Only downside of the mask is that you cannot have an automatic labeled grid like on the smaller overview map.
    – underdark
    Oct 23, 2016 at 13:45
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    This only work when we have a map that all around is white. I really need a new map to composer that is able to became rounded. Nov 27, 2016 at 22:53

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