Aquí recollim les respostes a les preguntes més comunes.

We will start of with this one page, maybe restructure it into sections, or even more pages if needed


Downloading issues

If you are trying to download QGIS and nothing seems to happen, please consult the download manager of your browser. It can usually be found as an icon (based on arrow, stop-watch or pie-chart) at the top-right corner of your browser window. Click on the icon to see the download progress or cancel the download. The normal procedure with downloads in the browser is such, that it first asks you where to save the file (with a file browser dialogue) and then you have to wait until the download is finished. Because QGIS install packages, depending on the operating system, can be rather large you have to be patient. The download size can be anywhere between several hundred megabytes to sometimes more than one gigabyte (in case of MS Windows MSI packages). Depending on your download speed and the QGIS server load, downloads can take from several minutes up to several hours.

I have to donate in order to download QGIS

This is a misconception that we hear from time to time, but it is not true. Donating to QGIS is optional. After downloading QGIS, there is a message appearing, reminding that you can optionally donate to QGIS. However, you can press «Close this message» and continue downloading without any problem. We want QGIS to be accessible to anyone, no matter how your financial situation might be. If you are a first-time QGIS user, we recommend that you download, install and test QGIS first and find out if the software is useful for the tasks you want to solve. Only if you like QGIS and it substantially helps with your business, tasks or processes, you should think about donating towards QGIS or supporting it as a sustaining member.

Com fer una pregunta QGIS?

If you are going to ask QGIS related question via the mailing lists, please provide enough information to help others easily understand what your problem is. Without a clear and precise question, it is very hard to answer for anybody or takes just too much time because the answer will be a question to you etc etc. You may provide information such as:

  • preferiblement un títol descriptiu per al seu email

  • amb la versió de QGIS que utilitzeu en aquest moment (exacte)

  • el que esperàveu obtenir

  • si es pot, el que heu provat i els resultats obtinguts

  • si la vostra pregunta fa referència a alguna cosa que no va, també hauríeu d’indicar:

    • quin és exactament l’error: (si es pot: còpia de la pantalla, traça de la pila, còpia del text de l’error)

    • quin sistema operatiu i versió

    • com l’heu instal·lat (osgeo4w? instal·lador standalone? compilació pròpia?)

    • at what time did it break (reinstall, new install, system update, project changes)

Penseu que quan més detallada sigui la vostra pregunta més ràpida i precisa serà la resposta.


In case of a broken function, you may give a look at QGIS issue tracker before mailing to the list. More information at Errors, Característiques i Consultes.

How are QGIS release names selected?

After a successful developer meeting in Zurich (Switzerland), we decided that the next release should be related to it. Since then, all releases have been named after locations of our developer meetings.

How to cite QGIS?

To cite QGIS in your piece of work, or for an assignment, please use citation type that can be more helpful:

Cite the QGIS project in general, 2024. QGIS Geographic Information System. QGIS Association.

Cite the QGIS Developers Manual, 2024. QGIS 3.34. Geographic Information System Developers Manual. QGIS Association. Electronic document:

Cite the QGIS Installation Guide, 2024. QGIS 3.34. Geographic Information System Installation Guide. QGIS Association. Electronic document:

Cite the QGIS User Guide, 2024. QGIS 3.34. Geographic Information System User Guide. QGIS Association. Electronic document:

Cite the QGIS Server Documentation, 2024. QGIS 3.34. Geographic Information System API Documentation. QGIS Association. Electronic document:

Cite the QGIS API Documentation, 2024. QGIS 3.34. Geographic Information System API Documentation. QGIS Association. Electronic document:

Preferred format: BibTeX

Example BibTeX entry:

      title = {QGIS Geographic Information System},
      author = {{QGIS Development Team}},
      organization = {QGIS Association},
      year = {2024},
      url = {},

I created a map with QGIS, do I have to mention QGIS?

There is no requirement to mention QGIS for maps produced with it. It is of course really welcome if would like to add a note saying that the map was produced with QGIS. «Made with QGIS» or «Map created using the Free and Open Source QGIS» are good examples of such a note.


Do not say ©QGIS as QGIS does not hold copyrights on your work.

Puc obrir fitxers ECW amb QGIS?

Si, es pot… PERÒ segons el teu sistema operatiu serà més o menys difícil.

If you are under Windows and are using the OSGeo4w installer, it is included.

If you are using macOS, you can find the ECW plugin and install instructions at

For other instructions, eg look here:


Can I compile QGIS myself?

Yes, compiling QGIS from source is possible whatever OS you use (Windows, OS X, Linux). Please read Building QGIS from source