I'm working on a world map in which I'm using as overlapped layers Bing Aerial, The natural Earth Vector (from natural earth data.com), and also a NASA night view because it's just nice!

I would like to add the standard meridians and parallels, I heard something about grids, but those you have to scale manually. Isn't there somewhere a download link for a layer that adds them? Or alternatively, how should I make them?

I found a post on here which could be helpful to understand what I'm looking for:

Create a Robinson world map with grid and coordinate frame in QGIS Map Composer?

The last reply to that question refers to a file called 110m_graticules_10 inside the Natural Earth package which I guess is for I was searching (not sure though), although the geographical lines layer is nice the grid showed in the last pic is what I was trying to replicate.

I tried to search for 110m_graticules_10 inside the folder Natural Earth but I could find it.

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You could just use

<QGIS>|Vector|Research Tools|Create Grid...

where you

  • chose your Grid type (likely Line)
  • set the Grid CRS (i.e. to EPSG:4326 - WGS 84)
  • set the spacing you want in degree

and hit Run.

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    Thanks for your reply! I already experimented with it but I would like to have a grid to be set specifically with the standard measurements for the parallels and meridians, and not a made-up grid. I'm honestly surprised it's actually that hard to do such an easy task! Am I the only one who has ever needed those? 🤔 Sep 8, 2020 at 19:17
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    What do you mean by "I would like to have a grid to be set specifically with the standard measurements for the parallels and meridians, and not a made-up grid."? If you use Line as type, -180,180,-90,90 [EPSG:4326] as extent, 15 as spacing and 4326 as crs it is pretty standard, isnt it?
    – MrXsquared
    Sep 8, 2020 at 20:36

It sounds as if you are looking for the Natural Earth Geographic Lines layer

Tropical circles, Polar circles, International dateline, and Equator. Same as 50 million geographic lines.

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The UC Berkeley library provides spatial data files with different latitude and longitude grids on them. Looks like they were originally produced by the North American Cartographic Information Society.



You don't have to download anything, you can add a grid of meridians and parallels labeled with coordinates and customize it any way you want directly in QGIS on Print Layout > Item Properties > Grids. For more information watch this video.

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