I would like to create a grid overlay. Each grid cell should be numbered and showing frequency of some data using different colours. The grid is over a shapefile of an area.

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    What have you tried and where did you get stuck
    – BERA
    Aug 24, 2020 at 5:58
  • I made the grids but now am unable to have them numbered. i am training myself so these are things i have never done before Aug 24, 2020 at 6:03

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  1. Find Create polygon graticule algorithm in processing toolbox (you have to install SAGA GIS before see: Enabling SAGA in QGIS?). Set the Output extent, Division Width and Division Height on the Parameters panel. Output extent should be a bit larger than the extent of the point layer. enter image description here Each polygon will have three attributes: ID, ROW and COL in the new Rectangle graticule layer.
  2. I suppose you have point data (if you have polygons generate centroid to work with points). From the vector menu choose Analysis Tools -> Count points in polygon enter image description here You get a new Count layer, which is a copy of the graticule layer but a new column (NUMPOINTS) is added to the attribute table with the number of point in each polygons. enter image description here
  3. Create a thematic map based on the NUMPOINTS column of the Count layer. enter image description here Customize the the number of classes, colors, etc.

Additionally I may suggest implementing the following workflow

Step 1. Create grid with Vector > Research Tools > Create Grid..., use the Point Extent as a Grid extent. For more details check the QGIS documentation.

Step 2. Apply one of the approaches described in these threads Calculating point layer values within polygon features in QGIS 2 or Updating field to give count of points in polygon using STIntersects?. The KISS principle will lead you to applying @TeddyTedTed's answer, e.g. 'Join attributes by location (summary)'

Step 3. Proceed with RMC > Symbology > Graduated, actually what @Zoltan defined as Step 3 in his answer.


  • Thanks so much guys. Aug 24, 2020 at 20:38
  • Always welcome. Please accept one of the answers as a valid one
    – Taras
    Aug 25, 2020 at 3:48

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