Is there an option in QGIS to save the project with the data source being a relative path?

I don't see the option here. QGIS Wroclaw1.7.3enter image description here

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  1. Settings
  2. Project Properties..
  3. Now check the general tab

you should see save paths and besides relativ ( I believe its even standard since vers. 1.73, before 1.73 the default was absolut)


ps. just take at look at the screenshot made by manning above ;-)

pps: your screenshot is from settings --> options , thats the wrong way

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    It does seem like Relative is now the default (hooray!) and previously it was Absolue. Feb 16, 2012 at 3:54

Yes. In the Settings > Project Properties > General tab, there is an option to use Absolute or Relative path.

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  • Please check for the screenshot above. I dont see this option in QGIS Wroclaw 1.7.3
    – SNT
    Feb 15, 2012 at 8:13
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    It is definitely available also in qgis 1.7.3 Feb 15, 2012 at 9:39
  • me too (I agree with GM)
    – BWill
    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:28
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    Options != Project Properties
    – underdark
    Feb 15, 2012 at 14:43
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    Update: Since QGIS 2.0, the Project properties have moved from the Settings to the File menu.
    – AndreJ
    Oct 20, 2014 at 7:47

In version 2.18, the relative path was an option but didn't actually work.
Project ➜ Project Properties ➜ General ➜ General settings ➜ Save paths.

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However, it does work in 3.2:
Project ➜ Properties ➜ General ➜ General settings ➜ Save paths.
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In QGIS 3.10 you can open the Projects tab and click on Properties, then click on the General tab. A new window will show up as portrayed in the screen capture below. The selection is highlighted in yellow and circled.Saving relative pathways

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