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Building Mapping Applications with QGIS

By : Erik Westra
Book Image

Building Mapping Applications with QGIS

By: Erik Westra

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Building Mapping Applications with QGIS
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Free Chapter
Getting Started with QGIS

Getting ready

Before we can delve into the plugin development process, there are three things you will need to do:

  1. Install the Qt developer tools from the Qt developer website (

  2. Install the Python bindings for Qt, called PyQt, from While we won't be using the Python bindings directly, there are two command-line tools included with PyQt that we will need.


    QGIS is currently based on PyQt4. Make sure you install Version 4 of the Qt Developer tools and the PyQt bindings so that you get the compatible version.

    PyQt is available as an installer for MS Windows and in source code form for Linux. For Mac OS X users, a binary installer is available at

  3. You should install and enable the Plugin Reloader plugin for QGIS. This makes it much easier to develop and test your plugins. To do this, you will need to turn on experimental plugin support by selecting the Manage and Install Plugins… item...