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Adding a scale bar to my layout shows an incorrect scale (see image).

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I am using EPSG:2097. What do I need to do to make the scale bar show the correct scale?

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  • Which one is your projects CRS?
    – Erik
    Sep 30, 2021 at 9:31

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While working in QGIS' Layout Manager, you want to make sure that the scale bar is referred to a specific map which in turn needs to be in a projected CRS (from the Map drop-down menu):

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That is because if CRS of the project is a Geographic one (i.e. Lat/Long), the scale bar is showing degrees, even if the label was forced to show 'm' for meters through the Scalebar units drop-down.

If you want a scale bar with lengths in actual meters/km/feet, change the project's CRS to a projected one (like UTM, for example).

From the menu Project -> Properties -> CRS tab

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Lastly, make sure that in Layout Manager, the map referred to by the Scale bar object shows a projected CRS:

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    Thank you, that's very helpful! I've solved it now.
    – mankojag
    Oct 1, 2021 at 6:53

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