GIS For Biologists: Tip #14 – How To Install Plugins To Extend The Functionality Of QGIS

19 Jun

QGIS (also known as Quantum GIS) is the leading open-source, and so freely available, GIS software package currently available. As it is open-source, this measn that it is easy for people to develop additional bits of software to extend its functionality. These are known as plugins. Plugins can be located and installed through the Plugins Manager, which in turn can be accessed through the Plugins menu on the main menu bar. There are a wide variety of plugins available, and if there is something which you wish to do in QGIS and you cannot find an existing tool to do it, the chances are that there will be a plugin that will allow you to complete your task. This includes things like doing spatial queries, nearest neighbour joins, placing the vertices of features at locations defined by a specific set of cooridnates and doing viewshed analyses.

Working with plugins in QGIS is relatively straight-forward, and this video shows you how to download and install any of the many different plugins which are available for using with QGIS.

If you have any questions or queries about this video, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer them.


Dr Colin D. MacLeod,
Founder, GIS In Ecology



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