What is QGreenland?

QGreenland examples

QGreenland is a free and open-source Greenland-focused GIS environment for data analysis and viewing, powered by QGIS. QGreenland is delivered as a Zip package containing a core set of data curated to serve a broad user base. This package is referred to as QGreenland Core.

See our tutorial on how to get started with QGreenland Core here!


The QGIS Plugin QGreenland Custom (beta) is no longer supported. This was an experiment, and we decided to go in a different direction. It should not be expected to work.

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What QGreenland is not

  • The QGreenland project is not a data-production project. While we do process existing data, it is only to enable efficient and effective viewing in the QGreenland QGIS environment.

  • QGreenland is not a navigational aid. Please see our Disclaimer.

About QGIS

QGIS is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGreenland is designed to be used by a diverse user group, from scientists to planners and policymakers to educators, and more. QGreenland users are able to produce high-quality mapping products to meet their unique needs. And because the QGreenland data package is downloaded right onto the user’s computer, QGreenland can be used in the field and in remote places without Internet access. Some additional larger datasets (e.g., satellite imagery) not included with the main QGreenland download package are available through online access when connected. QGreenland was inspired by the free and open source Quantarctica GIS data package for Antarctica.

QGreenland Core Download Package

You will find the following files in the QGreenland Core data package:

  • Folders containing data layers organized by topic. Each data layer is represented as a GeoTIFF or GeoPackage.

  • qgreenland.qgz - The main QGreenland project file for QGIS

  • qgreenland.png - The official QGreenland logo

  • layer_list.csv - A complete list of all the data layers in the QGreenland Core download package, including information about each (data source, file size, etc.). This file can be opened with Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, a text editor, or a similar program.

  • UserGuide.pdf - The full QGreenland Core User Guide

  • QuickStartGuide.pdf - A one-page overview guide for experienced QGIS users on how to download the QGreenland Core data package and other information

  • STYLE.txt - Guidelines and standards for QGreenland data layer styling

  • README.txt - Brief description of the QGreenland data package

  • CHANGELOG.txt - A log of changes made to the QGreenland data package

Please note that QGreenland Core v1.0.0 is the first stable public release version from this project. The QGreenland Core v2.0.0 download package was released in March 2022. The QGreenland Core v3.0.0 download package was released in August 2023. Development versions along the way will continue to be available via the website, with code fully documented on GitHub.

Although the v3.0.0 download package contains a full User Guide, updates and additions are constantly being made to our documentation as we continue to develop QGreenland. The most recent version of QGreenland documentation will always be available here on Read the Docs.