Basic Information


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Application time

QGIS is not designed not for one-off usage but can be used for many years whenever GIS applications are required

Assistance required

QGIS comes with a very thorough documentation and training materials for self-study in various languages. Also various training videos are available online for free.

Assistance data

QGIS supports dxf, shapefiles, coverages, MapInfo, PostGIS and a number of other formats

Tool type

Mobile app

Application area

  • Dissemination and communication

Target Audience

  • Metropolitan regions



QGIS (previously known as Quantum GIS) is a free and open-source computer application for viewing, editing and analysis of geographical data, i.e. a Geographic Information System (GIS).

According to the QGIS website, this software “is the best GIS tool in the free and open-source software community.” QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License and runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android.

Like any full-blown GIS application, it supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities; it can also handle georeferenced images.

Volunteer developers have translated QGIS into 48 languages and the application is used internationally in academic and professional environments.

Good Example

A number of public and private organizations have adopted QGIS, these include the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, the Swiss cantons of Glarus and Solothurn or the British National Parks Service. Also the graphics team of the Financial Times works with QGIS.

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