QGIS is a free, open-source application built to work with geospatial information on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and BSD. This article will take you through its installation process.


  • Admin rights on your computer.


 1. Go to https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html and select the appropriate version for you.

For most people, this will be the latest release for Windows (64 bit) using the standalone installer.

Note that this is the newest release so you can expect it to be a bit unstable. If you want the most stable version, you can install the "Long term release repository" version. At time of writing, this is 2.18.17 'Las Palmas'.

2. Once downloaded, run the installer (this should be in your Downloads folder) and follow the prompts through any security popups.

On Windows 10, this means clicking “Yes” when it asks “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”.

3. Now follow the prompts to install the program (Next > I Agree > Next > Install).

4. Wait for the installation to run—this can take some time.

5. Once it’s finished click Finish.

6. You’re done! You should now be able to launch QGIS from your start menu.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to arm you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient. If you're stuck, you can connect with our support team by clicking the support button on the top right corner of your user portal. 

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