How can I show the flow coming from an Origin-Destination matrix as desire lines? I need a result like the one in the picture below.

desire lines

I need to scale them proportionally to its value (coming from a linked MDB) and I like that the lines are a bit curved (but I can use straight lines too).

  • Have you already created the linework and just need to symbolize the lines, or do you need to create the linework as well? Jun 20, 2013 at 17:55
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    Closely related: Curved point-to-point route maps.
    – whuber
    Jun 20, 2013 at 18:04
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    possible duplicate of How can I map a matrix of origins and destinations in QGIS? Jun 20, 2013 at 18:16
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    This question is unique and should remain open because the OP is asking how to scale the flow lines proportional to values in addition to inquiring about curved flow lines.
    – Aaron
    Jun 20, 2013 at 19:21
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    @Aaron, thanks for that clarification, I missed it. Jun 20, 2013 at 23:06

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Try using the QGIS plugin Flowmapper. The attached image is a sample from the plugin documentation.

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    That's a very cool plugin.
    – Radar
    Jun 20, 2013 at 20:08
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    Flowmapper desperately needs a new interface. For instance, why is it taking text files from the system as an input? Why not use centroid shapefiles in the browser. Feb 28, 2018 at 19:37

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