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QGIS is a cross-platform GIS application licensed under the GNU General Public License.

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Installing File Geodatabase (*.gdb) support in QGIS?

I have spent around 2 days to find the way to open GDB (Esri geodatabase) in QGIS (or any other open source software) but still without success. I have downloaded the newest OSGeo4W installer and ...
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Adding Basemaps from Google or Bing in QGIS?

ArcGIS Desktop has the option of using basemaps from ArcGIS online. Does QGIS have any such options?
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Merging multiple vector layers to one layer using QGIS?

I've imported several shapefiles which where exported from a Mapinfo .tab. Several tab files are imported resulting in 20+ layers. Afterwards I want to export it to geoJSON; but I'm reluctant to ...
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Calculating polygon areas in QGIS?

How do I calculate areas of an area shapefile in square meters or in acres (ha)? I didn't find that functionality in the vector tools.
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Building effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG: What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? What ...
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Visualising WKT geometry string in QGIS

A very simple question: Is there a simple tool in QGIS to graphically visualise geometry formatted as text? Example geometry: "POLYGON((571178 6337246,571178 6402217,598061 6402217,598061 ...
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Clipping raster with vector boundaries using QGIS?

I am using QGIS. I would like to clip a raster precipitation layer using an admin boundary layer that is vector data. However the geoprocessing tools seem to be usable only for vector data. How ...
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Installing latest QGIS version on Ubuntu? [closed]

I am relatively new to Linux, so can you indicate the exact commands (step-by-step) that I need to type to get the latest QGIS installed on Ubuntu 14.04. I have tried to follow the instructions ...
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Renaming attributes/fields in shapefile attribute table using QGIS?

I would like to rename some fields in my attribute table: Like rename XRF_N3in something else. It seems quite a easy issue but I don't find any information about how can I do that... I've QGIS 1.8 in ...
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Seeking QGIS tutorials and web resources?

I wish to familiarize myself with the capabilities of QGIS up to and beyond QGIS version 3.0. Can you recommend some good web resources and tutorials that would show me QGIS' capabilities? I am ...
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QGIS and gvSIG comparison

Many debutant GIS users are asking me which one is better QGIS or gvSIG. Since I use Qgis and I don't have any experience in gvSIG, I aways say that both are very nice softwares and the chose is a ...
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Generating Tiles with QGIS?

Is it possible to generate map tiles from QGIS? I guess QGIS Server must have a way to do it, but is there a way to just generate the tiles and save them to disk? With the new symbology renderer ...
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Removing small spaces (slivers) between polygons?

I have a set of polygons representing administrative districts. The districts were digitized by hand, and there are small spaces (slivers) between polygons where the polygons should be touching. How ...
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Making spatial view in PostGIS and adding it as layer in QGIS?

In PostGIS 2.0, I am seeking an efficient way to create a spatially enabled view that is viewable in QGIS. I followed the context of Part 2 of @Mike Toews answer to How to create a table from ...
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Creating point features with exact coordinates in QGIS?

How do I create point features with exact (manually entered) coordinates in QGIS? I get precise GPS coordinates from a survey team which I need to add to a point layer. What I want: -Add point, type ...
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How can I switch line direction in QGIS?

Something that is hopefully pretty easy. I would like to be able to swap the direction of a polyline/line in QGIS. I made a custom tool to do this in MapInfo a couple of years ago, however I can't ...
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Getting list of coordinates for points in layer using QGIS?

I've got a layer in QGIS that is comprised of points. Its attribute table doesn't have (show) the corresponding x and y coordinates for each point. Is there a way for me to extract a list of ...
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How to install a QGIS plugin when offline?

Due to various IT policies at my workplace, QGIS is installed on a machine that is not connected to the internet. I wish to install a couple of QGIS plugins on this system. I have downloaded the ...
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Converting ArcGIS (*.mxd) file to QGIS (*.qgs) file?

I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (*.qgs file). This would avoid thematize the entire project.
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What's the relation between QGIS and GRASS?

I have been working with GIS and remote sensing in an university and professional environment some ten years ago (ArcInfo etc), so I have some experience even though somewhat outdated Right now I am ...
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OpenLayers low resolution and/or shifts in QGIS print composer?

I'm having trouble with the OpenLayers Plugin of Qgis and the map composer: If I create an OSM-background layer and if I want to export this, the OSM-Layer looks perfectly all right in the normal ...
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Smoothing DEM using GRASS?

I have a SRTM DEM and I want to create a shaded relief from it. I created the shaded relief in GRASS and the result is very nice, but a little rough because the area is near flat and the DEM is 90m in ...
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Reprojecting vector layer in QGIS?

I have a series of layers of lines (shapefiles) in My Project. The CRS of some are different and to merge them they all must have same CRS. When I use Processing/Toolbox/Qgis_algorithims/...
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Importing DWG into QGIS project?

I have a lot of DWG files like basemap, and water and wastewater network. I am looking for a way to import these files into my QGIS project.
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Missing Processing Tools in Vector Menu of QGIS?

I'm missing all the usual processing tools in the Vector menu in QGIS 2.16 (eg vector overlay, analysis, etc). They do appear in the processing toolbox but there's no sign of them in the Vector menu. ...
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How to migrate from ArcGIS for Desktop to QGIS? [closed]

Our lab has about 10 projects in ArcGIS 9 (a couple are made in ArcGIS 10) that includes the following in each: A georeferenced (WGS1984 geographical projection) raster seafloor image, representing ...
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Calculating average width of polygon?

I'm interested in examining the average width of a polygon that represents the road surface. I also have the road centerline as a vector (which is sometimes not exactly in the center). In this example,...
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Joining non-spatial CSV file to spatial data (shapefile) using QGIS?

I have a CSV file which has postcode data in a field, but it is non-spatial e.g. no Easting and Northing. I have a shapefile with postcode in a field and some additional data. I want to join the ...
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Smoothing/generalizing polygon in QGIS?

Is it possible to smooth or generalize a polygon in QGIS, perhaps by using a plugin like the generalizer-plugin for lines? I could convert my polygons to lines, smooth them and convert them back to ...
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Selecting features within Polygon from another layer using QGIS?

I'm using QGIS 1.8 with a PostGIS database and I have three PostGIS-layers in QGIS a lines layer, a points layer and a polygon layer. What I'm trying to do is to select a polygon in the polygon layer ...
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Loading OpenStreetMap data in QGIS?

In QGIS 1.8 I used the openstreetmap plugin to request data from the server, or open a .osm XML file, which produced 3 layers (polygons, polylines and points) in QGIS. This was great (give or take ...
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Generalizing polygon file while maintaining topology in QGIS?

I have a polygon Shapefile, which I need to generalize. How can I generalize the poligons and ensure that there are no topological errors like "slivers". I already tried: Vector -> Geometry Tools -...
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Is there an automatic function in QGIS to package all files in a project for transferability?

In my project, I use a lot of geodata from different directories. Now I want to give the QGIS project to a colleague (eg on a CD). Is it possible to copy the shapes from different directories ...
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Styling road maps with QGIS?

I am trying to design a beautiful map using QGIS. There is a similar question here Seeking QGIS tutorials and web resources? but I would like to focus on "designing a map using QGIS". I was looking ...
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Can QGIS open KMZ files?

I know I can add KML files once I have unzipped the KMZ files, but is there a way to open KMZ files directly? When I try to open a kmz file on QGIS 1.8.0 on Windows XP, through the all files filter, ...
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Identifying clusters in vector point data using QGIS?

I have a vector dataset of rural broadband data-points (how fast, etc.) and I'd like to explore if there are clusters of points with similar characteristics, and to plot polygons encompassing them. ...
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Using GeoPackage instead of SpatiaLite, and vice-versa?

I am using now QGIS 2.18, which includes support for GeoPackage format. I know that GeoPackage is like a replacement for Shapefile but not quite so, as GeoPackage has database capabilities. At same ...
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How to define new custom projections in QGIS?

I'm trying to define a projection in QGIS. I want to add North America Albers Equal Area Conic. From the spatialreference site I copied the proj4 line: +proj=aea +lat_1=20 +lat_2=60 +lat_0=40 +lon_0=-...
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How to determine the centroid of polygons?

I have a polygon vector and I want to quickly attain the centroid of this polygon for insertion in a text document. I am working with QGIS. I searched through other questions and although some are ...
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Manually placing labels in QGIS?

Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS? I have a map which has almost-duplicate labels in some places (e.g. E 1st St and 1st St) and I'd like to remove some of them. Also, I'd like to ...
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How to create svg symbols that have modifiable fill color, stroke color and stroke width?

I want to create some svg symbols for Qgis using Inkscape, those symbols must have attributes as described in the question. For the last two days, I have been experimenting as instructed by Sourcepole ...
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Does QGIS have the equivalent of ArcGIS's Layer (*.LYR) file?

Using ArcMap, it is possible to add a dataset (eg a shapefile) to the map, and configure the layer's properties (such as the symbology, table joins, switching some attributes off in the Identify ...
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How do I check which version of GDAL I have and how many?

I have installed in my computer the following software: PosgresSQL 9.3.2.3 PostGIS 2.1.1.1 QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour (this one installed through the OSGeo4w package) QGIS 1.7.0 Wroclaw As far as I know all ...
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Is there a way to render lines with a smooth (bezier) curves in QGIS?

I am moving from creating maps with Illustrator to making them with QGIS and actual data. One of the things I haven't been able to re-create in QGIS are the smooth curved lines I can get in ...
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How to interrupt contour lines beneath elevation labels (instead of using label buffers)?

Is there a way to interrupt a contour line beneath an elevation label?
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Converting .shp into .gpx using QGIS?

I would like to convert .shp into .gpx. Using GIS, I open my shapefile and I tried to "save as" gpx but it gives an OGR error: creation of field ObjectId failed (OGR error: Field of name '...
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Creating shapefile showing footprints of Rasters?

I have around 1,000 satellite images in tiff format, and I want to create a shapefile which will serve as an index to the rasters. This is something similar to a raster catalog, but I do not want to ...
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Selecting features with NULL attributes in QGIS?

How do I identify which features have null attributes in the attribute table of a shapefile? When i try [field]= 'NULL' it selects the features with value=0 (see picture)
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Where is the Merge selected features button in QGIS 2.2?

I can't seem to find the "Merge selected features" button. I need to merge several polygons inside a shapefile and can't find how to do it in this version. (I was running on Wroclaw until 2.2). Is ...
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How to produce high-resolution DEMs from new Sentinel-1 data?

This is a general question relating to the new Sentinel-1 data. I'm interested in the potential for using this data to create high resolution DEMs in GIS (I use QGIS), to investigate archaeological ...