Thursday, October 20, 2016

Background Maps in QGIS

Hi there,

For any GIS task, you need a Basemap to kick start the GIS project. Basemaps are often presented through different GIServices in the form of: TMS, WMS, WMTS, ESRI ArcGIS Services or simply as XYZ tiles.

QGIS has different tools for adding basemaps.

If you need a background map tiles for your QGIS projects, then the two awesome options I do recommend you checkout are OpenLayer and QuickMapServices.

With any of the above plugins, you can import background basemaps in the form of satellite images, line maps, topographic maps, landsat images or combination of the two (hybrid maps) from any of the service providers listed below into your project:-

1) Google
2) Bing
3) OSM - Open Street Map
4) ESRI - ArcGIS Online
5) eAtlas
6) Yandex
8) CartoDB
9) MapQuest
10) MapBox
11) 2gis
12) MapSurfer
13) Apple Maps

You can find all these under QGIS web menu.

Happy mapping.

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