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How can I bring in OpenStreetMap raster maps into QGIS?

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asked 08 Oct '16, 10:55

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QGIS (2.10 upwards) has two plugins available in the main repository which allow the addition of many raster tile layers, including those based on OSM:

  • QuickMap Services. Accesses tiles directly allowing cacheing of tiles and reprojection. Eliminates some of the issues with:
  • OpenLayers Plugin. This is the plugin which has been recommended for a number of years. However it does not work well with QGIS composer, and one is forced to use Popular Mercator projection (ESPG:900913 /EPSG:3087).

The former, QuickMap Services, is easy to use and is more flexible than the OpenLayers Plugin. Indeed, QuickMap Services was built upon the OpenLayers Plugin.

Both plugins can be installed directly from the Plugin menu in QGIS.

There may be differences in flexibility of adding specific layers to these plugins, but this topic merits a separate question.

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answered 08 Oct '16, 11:09

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Note that neither of these plugins are available for QGIS 3.0 at present.

(08 Mar '18, 15:56) SK53 ♦
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