I am using OpenLayers to create a map where I can Zoom and export the view (Following this exemple https://openlayers.org/en/latest/examples/export-map.html) This works fine, but what I need is a georeferenced image (ecw, geotiff) that users can use later on QGIS...

Does anyone knows how can I do this ?

  • you need to create a pngw (world file) of the image bounding box – Mapperz Apr 12 '18 at 17:40
  • Thank you for answering. Any trick to do so ? I've been looking for a way to do this but to no avail.. – Inss Apr 13 '18 at 7:32

You can try the demo I've made.

It creates a zip with png files, associated pngw (world file) and prj files in a single zip when exporting.

The important part is for writing the pngw with below excerpt.

  var currentResolution = view.getResolution();
  var currentExtent = view.calculateExtent(); // Return [minx, miny, maxx, maxy]
  var pngwContent = [
    currentExtent[0] + currentResolution / 0.5,
    currentExtent[3] - currentResolution / 0.5

Then, you open it in QGIS (It's possible without unzipping). It will ask you to choose the projection (in this demo, with EPSG code 3857)

The quick result I got for an overview in QGIS using Wikimedia base maps.

Overview PNG + pngw from OpenLayers QGIS with Wikipedia basemap


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