Introduction to QGIS Software?

What is QGIS? Where can you get the mapping software and how can one get to install it on their machine?

Interacting with GIS Software?

Get to know where to find what and how to look for what. Get familiar with GIS Software user interface to enable easy navigation.

Creating Your First Map?

What do we do with the software that we have just acquired? Where do we go if we want to create a map and how do we reach to the end?

Publication and Finalization of the Map?

How do we communicate our map data to an audience? How do we share our maps with the public? What are the various formats that we can use
Downloading & Installation of QGIS

Earlier before we mentioned that QGIS is an Open Source software which can be used by anyone. So this basically means that you get to install it and use it on your device all for free. 

In order to download QGIS, you need to get it from their Official Website, so that you are able to select the exact version and type of installation that you would want to use. 

The software comes with two types of installations: 

  1. Network Installer – you will get a small exactable file downloaded to your machine, and when you need to install the whole package, this small configuration file will help you download and install all the required packages while you are online. 
  2.  Standalone Installer Version – This is a single file download which comes with all the packages that are built with QGIS. All you need to do is run the setup file even while you are offline and you are ready to go. 

For MacOS users, the Network Installer option is not yet available, you will have to navigate to the Standalone Installer Version. 


Downloading a x64-bit version when your machine runs on x32-bit will definitely cause some installation problems and the program will not install.

If you are running in a Linux or BSD Environment, kindly read through the documentation which is also on the website. 

This documentation will help you get started during the installation process until the end. 


Now that you have successfully downloaded the software online, its time to run the packages and make sure they are installed on your machine. This mainly applies to users who opted for the Standalone Installer Version previously. 

  • Navigate to the download folder where the installation setup file has been stored. 
  • Run the setup as administrator. 
  • Accept the terms in order for the software to be installed. 
  • Keep everything as default. 

Once the installation process has ended you should be able to see a QGIS shortcut on your Desktop or if you click Start ⇒ Program Files ⇒ QGIS.