4 Why QGIS?

QGIS is an open source, community-driven desktop GIS software that allows users to visualize and analyze spatial data in a variety of ways. There are many reasons to use QGIS, but here are a few:

  • It’s a robust, powerful desktop GIS
  • Runs on all major platorms: Mac, Linux, & Windows
  • Free of charge, all access (no paid add-ons or extensions)
  • Frequent updates & bug fixes
  • Responsive, enthusiastic community
  • Integration with other geospatial tools & programming languages like R, Python, & PostGIS
  • Access to analysis tools from other established software like GRASS and SAGA
  • Native access to open data formats like geoJSON & GeoPackage
  • Comes in more than 40 languages, making it easier to work with a larger variety of colaborators
  • Growing use by local, state, federal, and international governments