I would like to know how to generate Map Tiles using QGis. I have heard that it is possible to create tiles using QGis, only, I don't know how to do that. Googling did not work for me since I am not really expertised with programming (Python etc.) and GIS.

However, I am experienced with accomplishing tasks that I am not experienced. So, if somebody can direct me to a tutorial/guide (detailed tutorial is preferred), I can manage to generate tiles.

I can also use Mapnik but as far as I understand, Mapnik does not have a GUI so I prefer QGis.

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There is a brandnew Qtile plugin, but only available for the latest Qgis Master version 1.9.0:

Qtiles Announcement

  • Thank you Mr Andre, does this "master versiyon 1.9.0" have an installer for windows or do you suggest that I use Linux instead of Windows? or maybe wait for a stable release?
    – iso_9001_
    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:34
  • You can use the OSGeo4W installer to install the dev build of QGIS
    – Nathan W
    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:45
  • Great! I would love to try that... Thank you very much
    – iso_9001_
    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:48
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    I have successfully installed and generated tiles using Qtiles. Now, what I want to do is to use symbology for the tiles I generate. I could not find any css file or style options. Is there a way to change the symbology (icons etc.) and style?
    – iso_9001_
    Jan 5, 2013 at 13:19
  • I'm afraid there is little opportunity for that at the moment.
    – AndreJ
    Jan 5, 2013 at 17:49

Check out http://tilemill.com for a GUI on top of Mapnik.

  • Thank you Dane.. will have a look.. but basically, do you suggest Mapnik or QGis?
    – iso_9001_
    Jan 5, 2013 at 9:09
  • As a third opportunity, you can look at maperitive.net, which has improved a lot. Personally, I prefer the original Mapnik toolchain, with self-adapted rendering rules, including transparent overlay tiles. I use Qgis to copy and paste the data from various sources into the postgis database layer before rendering.
    – AndreJ
    Jan 5, 2013 at 17:53
  • I have failed to import *.shp and *.tab files. Do I have to use only *.osm files with Maperetive?
    – iso_9001_
    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:03
  • I just had a course with TileMill and all I can say is, it rocks! great offer, thanks Dane
    – iso_9001_
    Apr 18, 2013 at 14:18

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