Chapter 1. Getting Started with QGIS

In this chapter, we will install and configure the QGIS geographic information system. We will also get to know the user interface and how to customize it. By the end of this chapter, you will have QGIS running on your machine and be ready to start with the tutorials.

Installing QGIS

QGIS runs on Windows, various Linux distributions, Unix, Mac OS X, and Android. The QGIS project provides ready-to-use packages as well as instructions to build from the source code at We will cover how to install QGIS on two systems, Windows and Ubuntu, as well as how to avoid the most common pitfalls.


Further installation instructions for other supported operating systems are available at ...

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