How to obtain QGIS?
QGIS is freely available on Windows, Linux, MacOS X, BSD, and Android.
We recommend installing the packages of the released software.
To evaluate the upcoming release and to allow non-developers to support development we also provide testing packages (note the warning).
In the feature frozen phase preceding a release (see Release schedule) these packages are effectively pre-releases, which we strongly urge users to test.
For Windows installers please go to The main installers page.
For new users we recommend the standalone installers.
For more advanced QGIS users you can use the OSGeo4W package, which makes it possible to install several versions in parallel.
The OSGeo4W repository contains a lot of software from OSGeo projects. QGIS and all dependencies are included, along with Python, GRASS, GDAL, etc. The installer is able to install from internet or just download all needed packages beforehand. The downloaded files are kept in a local directory for future installations. Steps are:
Download OSGeo4W Installer and start it
Select Advanced Install,
navigate to the Desktop section and
and pick one or more of the following packages:
|qgis-rel-dev||Nightly build of the upcoming point release|
|Long Term Release (available once there is a new latest release)||qgis-ltr||Release|
|qgis-ltr-dev||Nightly build of the upcoming point long term release|
|Development||qgis-dev||Nightly build of the development version|
For users that cannot use OSGeo4W for some reason or just prefer it there is also a weekly snapshot of qgis-dev from OSGeo4W as standalone installer (taken on monday). In the feature freeze phase that also acts as release candidate.
Note the warning.
Don’t blindly do a full install of OSGeo4W. Only install QGIS and maybe other components you like. Dependencies will be included automatically. A full install pulls in components that require third party additions, which need to be installed manually. These components render the installation unusable without those additions.
Most linux distributions split QGIS into several packages; you’ll probably need qgis and qgis-python (to run plugins). Packages like qgis-grass (or qgis-plugin-grass), qgis-server can be skipped initially, or installed only when you need them.
Below you find instructions to install per distribution. For most distro’s there are instructions to install QGIS stable and instructions to install a cutting edge QGIS testing build (note the warning).
Default Debian and Ubuntu software repositories often hold older versions of QGIS.
To have newer versions, you have to add alternative software repositories, by adding one of the deb-lines below to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
We provide multiple lines of packages for several version of Debian and Ubuntu.
Lines of packages:
|Latest Release||2.8.x Wien||Release||http://qgis.org/debian|
|Nightly build of upcoming point release||http://qgis.org/debian-nightly-release|
|Release with ubuntugis dependencies||http://qgis.org/ubuntugis|
|Nightly build of upcoming point release with ubuntugis dependencies||http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-nightly-release|
|Long Term Release (available once there is a new latest release)||(2.8.x Wien)||Release||http://qgis.org/debian-ltr|
|Nightly build of upcoming point release||http://qgis.org/debian-nightly-ltr|
|Release with ubuntugis dependencies||http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-ltr|
|Nightly build of upcoming point release with ubuntugis dependencies||http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-nightly-ltr|
|Development Version||2.9.x||Nightly build||http://qgis.org/debian-nightly|
|Nightly build with ubuntugis dependencies||http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-nightly|
Supported distribution versions:
Add the lines for one of the repositories to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb *repository* *codename* main deb-src *repository* *codename* main
Example latest release for Debian wheezy:
deb http://qgis.org/debian wheezy main deb-src http://qgis.org/debian wheezy main
If you want packages based on ubuntugis dependencies you also need to add following lines:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable/ubuntu *codename* main
After that type:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass
Please remove all the QGIS and GRASS packages you may have installed from other repositories before doing the update.
In case of keyserver errors add the qgis.org repository public key to your apt keyring, type:
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv DD45F6C3 gpg --export --armor DD45F6C3 | sudo apt-key add -
Get packages for any Fedora by typing:
sudo yum update sudo yum install qgis qgis-python qgis-grass qgis-mapserver
Currently Fedora 20 ships QGIS 2.0 and Fedora 21 ships QGIS 2.6.
There is an alternative repository for QGIS 2.8.1 on Fedora 20 and Fedora 21
sudo wget fedora.vitu.ch/QGIS/qgis.repo -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ sudo rpm --import http://fedora.vitu.ch/Fedora/RPM-GPG-Key-vitu sudo yum update sudo yum install qgis qgis-python qgis-grass # For mapserver on Fedora 20 sudo yum install qgis-mapserver # For mapserver on Fedora 21 sudo yum install qgis-server
Try the ELGIS repository: http://elgis.argeo.org/
ELGIS requires the EPEL repo enabled, see http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Enterprise_Linux_GIS#Note_about_Fedora.2C_ELGIS_and_EPEL
QGIS stable can be installed from an alternative repository. Python support is strongly limited due to old dependencies. Note: It requires, that ELGIS and EPEL are also installed.
sudo wget fedora.vitu.ch/EL/qgis.repo -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ sudo rpm --import http://fedora.vitu.ch/Fedora/RPM-GPG-Key-vitu sudo yum update sudo yum install qgis qgis-python qgis-grass qgis-mapserver
Latest openSUSE package called qgis2 is available for 13.1, 13.2, Factory_PowerPC and Tumbleweed (32 and 64bit). Add the following repository to your installation manager together with the openSUSE VERSION you work with (e.g. openSUSE_13.2).
All packages include GRASS and Python support.
A regularly updated development package from qgis master called qgis-master is available for 13.1, 13.2, Factory_PowerPC and Tumbleweed (32 and 64bit). Add the following repository to your installation manager together with the openSUSE VERSION you work with (e.g. openSUSE_13.1).
All packages include GRASS and Python support.
A single installer package is available for both OS X Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6).
Installing QGIS stable in OS X requires separate installation of several dependency frameworks (GDAL Complete and GSL). GRASS http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/grass is supported with this version. Some common Python modules http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/python are also available for common QGIS plugin requirements.
QGIS download page on KyngChaos http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/qgis (framework requirements listed there) has more information.
To compile QGIS from binary packages type
pkg install qgis
Alpha and nightly builds as well as further documentation can be obtained at http://hub.qgis.org/android-qgis/Download/
QGIS testing packages are provided for some platforms in addition to the QGIS stable version. QGIS testing contains unreleased software that is currently being worked on. They are only provided for testing purposes to early adopters to check if bugs have been resolved and that no new bugs have been introduced. Although we carefully try to avoid breakages, it may at any given time not work, or may do bad things to your data. Take care. You have been warned!