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QGIS Online/ Cloud Tutorial

What is QGIS Cloud?

QGIS Cloud or Quantum GIS Online is one of the powerful Web-GIS platform for publishing maps, data and services on the Internet.

It is your personal Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) platform, to create and share spatial data with others.

If you use QGIS Desktop, simply install the QGIS Cloud plugin from the official QGIS plugin repository and you are ready to go create maps, and Publish as many maps as you want.


  • Create Maps
  • Manage Data
  • Share Data
  • Print Maps
  • Online Security

Q-Web Services

  • WMS (Web Map Service)
  • WFS (Web Feature Service)
  • WFST (Web Feature Service Transaction)
  • WCS (Web Coverage Services)

QGIS Cloud Offers

  • QGIS Server, the OGC compatible map and data server
  • PostgreSQL/PostGIS databases
  • Full featured of Web-GIS
  • Modern mobile GIS
  • High-quality map printing for any desired paper format (up to 1200 dpi)
  • Web Map Services
  • Access control for your maps and data


  • Low cost
  • Easy to operate
  • Not necessary online infrastructure
  • High data security
  • Password protection of published maps

QGIS Online/ Cloud Tutorial

At first Sign up/ Sign in to the Q-Cloud Portal.

QGIS Desktop

1. You have already Installed QGIS, that is desktop QGIS, Select Plugin Tab in menu bar, and choose > Manage and Install plugins.

2. Open Plugin Dialog, Search ‘QGIS Cloud‘, show the result- QGIS Cloud plugin > Install plugin.

3. Also Install the Open Layers plugin. Plugins > Filter ‘Open Layers‘ > Install plugin. This is used for background maps.

4. In the QGIS Plugin Toolbar, see the QGIS Cloud symbol just click and open the QGIS Cloud window.

5. You are already completing the Sign-up process, just Log in from the QGIS Cloud plugin.


Now Add Background in the QGIS Cloud plugin.

1. In the Map section, click Add Background Layer, choose any types of Basemap as you want. (Ex. Bing Maps > Bing Aerial with labels)

2.The next step is Create a new Layer (ex. NIC) and create Maps Database.

3. Complete your map creation, now Publish Map. Publish your map see the full details in below. Just click Web map section, your map open in the web QGIS Cloud platform.

Web QGIS Map

In the QGIS Cloud web platform, the Map section shows your Map to Live.

QGIS Cloud Price

QGIS Cloud Pro plan only 65 Euro/month. The lots of feature available in pro plan. For more details, follow the Table below:

FeatureQGIS Cloud FreeQGIS Cloud Pro
Web-GIS Client on / off ✔️
Mobile Client on / off✔️ 
WMS Access password protected✔️ 
Web-GIS Client password protected ✔️
Default Language for Web-GIS ClientCzech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, TurkishCzech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Identify ModesTop most Hit, Active Layers, All LayersTop most Hit, Active Layers, All Layers
Search typesOpenStreetMap SearchOpenStreetMap Search, GeoNames Search, Customizable Database Search
Fixed scales✔️ ✔️
Customizable Web-GIS Client✔️ 
User Administration✔️ 
Number of Databases110
Editing in Web-GIS client✔️ 
Available space for Data50MB500MB
SSL support✔️✔️ 

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