I have downloaded a dataset from a government organisation. it comes with a .style file.

I use QGIS 1.8 on windows 7.

Is there a way to use the .style file as a qml or sld? I have tried simply changing the extension but to no avail.

  • The file is located here. 100k bedrock dcenr.gov.ie/Spatial+Data/Geological+Survey+of+Ireland/…
    – Ger
    Sep 17 '13 at 10:41
  • I can confirm (having just loaded it into ArcGIS) that this is an ESRI .style file
    – nmtoken
    Apr 7 '14 at 17:39
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    – JGH
    Oct 9 '18 at 13:43

There's now a tool ("slyr") which will do basic .style to qgis symbol conversion. See https://github.com/nyalldawson/slyr


Another option might be to save the style as a .lyr file. Then use http://wald.intevation.org/projects/arcmap2sld/ to convert the .lyr file to an SLD and then use that SLD within QGIS

In QGIS, right click on the layer > properties > load style then use the drop down box to select SLD

I have not tried this but it may work, if it does let us know as I would be interested to know if it does

You could also try the Community Edition of Arc2Earth which can take ArcGIS styling and create SLDs

There is also GeoCat Bridge, this is a paid for application

  • have you tried this before. i am always reluctant to install unknown software
    – Ger
    Sep 17 '13 at 11:47
  • yes I used it sometime ago (not sure on the version) and did a good job especially with colour fills and lines, move complex styling is always more challenging. I have added some extra options in my answer above
    – tjmgis
    Sep 17 '13 at 11:52

The style file might be for ARCGIS users. It is not in a human readable format.

QGIS uses XML-files to store styling properties, so you have no luck with just renaming the extension.

I am not aware of any ESRI-to-QGIS style converter.

According to this question: How to Edit Reference Styles in ArcMap 10

You can rename the style file to a .mdb MS Access database, which can be opened and investigated. But I don't know if that helps you further.

  • Cheers. Unfortunately i do not have access either. I will keep this open another while incase someone comes up with a miricle.
    – Ger
    Sep 17 '13 at 11:13

@Gobinath Make sure you download the latest release from this link: https://github.com/nyalldawson/slyr/releases/download/2.0/slyr.zip

I just re-verified that this can indeed be installed properly via the Plugin Manager under Windows.

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