QGIS 2.2 showing the redesigned menus.
|Developer(s)||QGIS Development Team|
|Initial release||July 2002|
2.18.6 (Las Palmas) / April 7, 2017
|Written in||C++, Python, Qt|
|Platform||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android(beta)|
|Type||Geographic information system|
QGIS functions as geographic information system (GIS) software, allowing users to analyze and edit spatial information, in addition to exporting graphical maps. QGIS supports both raster and vector layers; vector data is stored as either point, line, or polygon features. Multiple formats of raster images are supported, and the software can georeference images.
QGIS supports shapefiles, coverages, personal geodatabases, dxf, MapInfo, PostGIS, and other formats. Web services, including Web Map Service and Web Feature Service, are also supported to allow use of data from external sources.
QGIS integrates with other open-source GIS packages, including PostGIS, GRASS GIS, and MapServer. Plugins written in Python or C++ extend QGIS's capabilities. Plugins can geocode using the Google Geocoding API, perform geoprocessing using fTools, which are similar to the standard tools found in ArcGIS, and interface with PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SpatiaLite and MySQL databases.
Written in C++, QGIS makes extensive use of the Qt library. In addition to Qt, required dependencies of QGIS include GEOS and SQLite. GDAL, GRASS GIS, PostGIS, and PostgreSQL are also recommended, as they provide access to additional data formats.
As of 2017[update], QGIS is available for multiple operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, and Microsoft Windows. A mobile version of QGIS was under development for Android as of 2014[update].
For Mac users, the advantage of QGIS over GRASS GIS is that it does not require the X11 windowing system in order to run, and the interface is much cleaner and faster. QGIS can also be used as a graphical user interface to GRASS. QGIS has a small file size compared to commercial GIS's and requires less RAM and processing power; hence it can be used on older hardware or running simultaneously with other applications where CPU power may be limited.
QGIS is maintained by volunteer developers who regularly release updates and bug fixes. As of 2012[update], developers have translated QGIS into 48 languages and the application is used internationally in academic and professional environments.
As a free software application under the GNU GPL, QGIS can be freely modified to perform different or more specialized tasks. Two examples are the QGIS Browser and QGIS Server applications, which use the same code for data access and rendering, but present different front-end interfaces.
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|Version||Codename||Release date||Significant changes|
|0.0.1-alpha||July 2002||Import and view data from PostGIS|
|0.0.3-alpha||10 August 2002||Added support for shapefiles and other vector formats.|
|0.0.4-alpha||15 August 2002||Improvements in layers handling, colorize layers, and view properties in a dialog box.|
|0.0.5-alpha||5 October 2002||Bug fixes and improved stability, ability to set line widths, and improved zoom in/out functionality.|
|0.0.6||24 November 2002||Improvements to PostGIS connections, layer identify function added, and ability to view and sort attribute tables.|
|0.0.7||30 November 2002|||
|0.0.8||11 December 2002|||
|0.0.9||25 January 2003|||
|0.0.10||13 May 2003|||
|0.0.11||10 June 2003|||
|0.0.12||10 June 2003|||
|0.0.13||8 December 2003|||
|0.1pre1||14 February 2004||Added support for raster data; single, continuous, and graduated shading for vector data; ability to create buffers, implemented as a PostGIS plugin.|
|0.1||Moroz||25 February 2004|||
|0.2||Pumpkin||26 April 2004||  |
|0.3||Madison||28 May 2004|| |
|0.4||Baby||4 July 2004|| |
|0.5||Bandit||5 October 2004|| |
|0.6||Simon||19 December 2004|| |
|0.7.3||11 October 2005|| |
|0.8||Joesephine||7 January 2007|| |
|0.8.1||Titan||15 June 2007|| |
|0.9.0||26 October 2007||  |
|0.9.1||Ganymede||6 January 2008||  |
|0.10||Io||3 May 2008|| |
|0.11||Metis||21 July 2008|| |
|1.0||Kore||5 January 2009|| |
|1.1||Pan||12 May 2009|| |
|1.2||Daphnis||1 September 2009|| |
|1.3||Mimas||20 September 2009|| |
|1.4||Enceladus||10 January 2010|| |
|1.5||Tethys||29 July 2010|||
|1.6||Copiapó||27 November 2010|| |
|1.7||Wrocław||19 June 2011|||
|1.8||Lisboa||21 June 2012|| "Mojibake" in Japanese environment.|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.0||Dufour||8 September 2013||New vector API, integration of SEXTANTE geoprocessor, symbology and labeling overhaul. |
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.2||Valmiera||22 February 2014|||
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.4||Chugiak||27 June 2014||2.4.0 changelog|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.6||Brighton||1 November 2014||2.6.0/ changelog|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.8||Wien||20 February 2015|||
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.10||Pisa||26 June 2015|||
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.12||Lyon||23 October 2015|||
|Older version, yet still supported: 2.14 LTR||Essen||29 February 2016|||
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.16||Nødebo||8 July 2016|||
|Current stable version: 2.18||Las Palmas||2016-10-21||Final release in the 2.x series.|
|Future release: 3.0||TBA||End of Q1 of 2017||Based upon Qt5, PyQt5, and Python 3.|
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