How do I do that in QGIS?

This section is intended to show how to perform basic GIS operations in QGIS in the most straightforward way. It is modelled after “How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold?: illustrating classic GIS tasks”. That document illustrated a selection of tasks which were thought to be representative of common usage in 2004, and was itself derived from a checklist of essential GIS functions that was included in 1988 in “A Process for Selecting Geographic Information Systems”.

As well as everyday tasks for managing and presenting spatial data, this section includes common operations which are typically one step in a longer process of analysis. More in-depth tutorials which detail all the steps to achieve a particular outcome are beyond the scope of this list and belong here.
The use of GIS has changed over time, particularly in regard to data availability and the provision of services via the internet. Feel free therefore to add appropriate tasks to the list.

A shorter list, reflecting “How do I do that in ArcGIS/Manifold?: illustrating classic GIS tasks” is found in How do I do that in ArcGIS & Manifold - the QGIS supplement.


Dealing with Vector Layer Attributes

Dealing with Vector Geometries

Dealing with Rasters

Spatial Analysis

*Kernel density calculation


File conversions

Map Creation