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I want to import a .las file into QGIS 2.0.1. My guess is that I need to convert it into a format that is readable in QGIS. But how?

I tried using LASTools. I downloaded it, but I don't understand how to use it? Any ideas?

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  • Can you make some screenshots? – tobias47n9e Jan 21 '14 at 7:58
  • I downloaded LASTools, but then I don't know what to do. Can't find a way to install it, and read somewhere that it didn't need to be installed? But, in that case, I don't understand what my next step would be? – SoS Jan 21 '14 at 10:08
  • I think you have to find the button where you convert your data into a shapefile, which can be opened by QGIS – tobias47n9e Jan 21 '14 at 10:47

1) Open:


to convert the data into shapefiles.

2) Add them to a QGIS project by clicking "add vector layer"

  • Thanks for answering. I found las2shp.exe and opened it. Can you please walk me through how to make the coversion work? I chose an output directory, and then clicked 'Run'. Do I need to choose input somehow? – SoS Jan 21 '14 at 12:16
  • The input should be your .las file the output should be a .shp file. The conversion worked if you can add the shp file to your QGIS project. – tobias47n9e Jan 21 '14 at 12:22
  • Where in las2shp do I specify my input and output files? I don't get it to work. – SoS Jan 21 '14 at 12:47
  • There is a screen shot here: rapidlasso.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/… – tobias47n9e Jan 21 '14 at 13:04
  • Perhaps I got an other version of las2shp, because it does not look anything like it does on that screenshot... Mine says version 140113? – SoS Jan 21 '14 at 13:24

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