QGIS - Free and Open Source Geographic Information System


Just like we have BODA as an Open Source Telecommunications Suite, some other great projects to help telecom professionals in several tasks.

Here you can see a screenshot of QGIS used in Telecom:



Whats is QGIS?

QGIS is an Open Source Geographic Information System. The project was born in May of 2002 and was established as a project on SourceForge in June of the same year. We’ve worked hard to make GIS software (which is traditionally expensive commercial software) a viable prospect for anyone with basic access to a Personal Computer. QGIS currently runs on most Unix platforms (macOS/OS X included) and Windows. QGIS is developed using the Qt toolkit and C++. This means that QGIS feels snappy to use and has a pleasing, easy to use graphical user interface.

QGIS aims to be an easy to use GIS, providing common functions and features. The initial goal was to provide a GIS data viewer. QGIS has reached that point in its evolution and is being used by many for their daily GIS data viewing and editing needs. QGIS supports a number of raster , vector and mesh data formats, with new support easily added using the plugin architecture.

QGIS is released under the GNU Public License (GPL) Version 2 or above. Developing QGIS under this license means that you can (if you want to) inspect and modify the source code and guarantees that you, our happy user will always have access to a GIS program that is free of cost and can be freely modified.

Supported formats

Supported raster formats include:

  • ArcInfo binary grid
  • ArcInfo ASCII grid
  • ERDAS Imagine
  • SDTS
  • GeoTiff
  • Tiff with world file
  • WMS, WCS

Supported vector formats include:

  • ESRI Shapefiles
  • PostgreSQL/PostGIS
  • GeoPackage
  • SpatiaLite
  • Other OGR supported formats
  • Oracle
  • WFS

Supported mesh formats include:

  • NetCDF
  • GRIB
  • 2DM
  • Other MDAL supported formats


Please follow the installation instructions carefully. After extracting the distribution, you can find the HTML version of the installation document in qgis/doc/index.html . The installation document is also available as PDF in the same directory.