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I would like to construct a Python based GUI which has basic GIS visualization capability. This capability should include:

1) importing OpenSteetMap

2) importing shapefiles/rasters

3) turning layers on and off

4) zooming, panning etc

I was looking into packages like qt, tkinter or mpl_toolkits. I was able to plot a shapefile using mpl_toolkits.Basemap but I have the impression it is not the most suitable tool for this kind of application... Any ideas?

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    You can use QGIS for this - it has all those capabilities (and more) and a python API so you can build standalone apps using the MapCanvas widget using the Qt toolkit. – Spacedman Sep 6 '18 at 7:01
  • Nice. That definitely gives me something to chew on. Can you build web apps with the qgis API? Like can you load up the MapCanvas as part of a WMS/WPS? – user32882 Sep 6 '18 at 8:51
  • I'm not sure, and that's way out of scope of your original question - try asking another question. – Spacedman Sep 6 '18 at 10:57
  • I can see how mapcanvas can cover 2) importing rasters and shapefiles and 4) zoming/panning. However I don't see how it can cover 1) importing OpenStreetMap and 3) turning layers on and off. Isn't it just a canvas that represents what's loaded up in QGIS? – user32882 Sep 6 '18 at 10:57
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    You are not quite right - this is about single python GUI application with QGIS functionality (PyQt is preferable). docs.qgis.org/testing/en/docs/pyqgis_developer_cookbook/… – Dmitry Baryshnikov Sep 6 '18 at 11:16

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