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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)
QGIS Python Programming Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Visualizing data on a globe

Ever since the release of Google Earth, spinning globe applications have become a useful and popular method of geographic exploration. QGIS has an experimental plugin called QGIS Globe, which is similar to Google Earth; however, it is extremely unstable. In this recipe, we'll display a layer in Google Earth.

Getting ready

You will need to use the QGIS Plugin Manager to install the MMQGIS plugin.

Make sure you have Google Earth installed from

You will also need the following dataset from a previous recipe. It is a zipped directory called ufo which you should uncompress to your qgis_data directory:

How to do it...

We will load our layer and set up the attribute we want to use for the Google Earth KML output as the descriptor. We'll use the MMQIGS plugin to output our layer to KML. Finally, we'll use a cross-platform technique to open the file, which will trigger it to open in Google Earth...