Overview of QuickMapServices Plugin for Basemaps in QGIS3 - Tutorial


QGIS 3 has a lot of new features and new tools for geoprocessing and spatial analysis, however there are some tools from QGIS 2 that hasn´t migrated yet. An example of this break was the OpenLayers plugin, one of the most popular and first plugins in QGIS 2 that is not available in the new version of QGIS.

OpenLayers plugin provide maps from Google, OSM and Bing in QGIS 2. Basemaps in QGIS 3 can be inserted as a XYZ Tiles on a process described on this tutorial. However, QuickMapServices plugin allows the search and implementation from a set of basemaps on different formats (TMS, WMS, WFS and GeoJSON) in QGIS 3.

Some of the basemaps available in QuickMapServices are:

Hybrid Google Satellite Image:

Google Satellite Hybrid

Hybrid Google Hillshade Image:

Google Terrain

Sentinel 2 Cloudless Image:

EOX::Maps - Sentinel-2 cloudless

OpenStreetMap Road Map:

MapSurfer OSM Roads

There is a website where you can have more information about the available basemaps, their extension and perform thematic searches:



The following tutorial show the whole procedure to install QuickMapServices in QGIS3 and explore different basemaps.

Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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