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Unlike many open source products, Quantum GIS (QGIS) is blessed with three comprehensive, well-edited, and printable manuals (User Guide, Training Manual, and PyQGIS Cookbook)  in the form of PDF files downloadable from the QGIS website.  In the past two to three years, at least twelve English-language "how-to" books have been, or soon will be, published about QGIS.  There is also a book that introduces principles of GIS using QGIS (see elsewhere in the "Resources" section).  In addition to these publications, there is a vast collection of tutorials and "how-to" documents,  available as PDF files, web pages, or web-based videos, that are accessible through the Internet.  A dedicated group of prolific bloggers also contribute  to the growing body of "how-to" tutorials.  Finally, two active user forums provide support by the large user community to their fellows, and one archived forum also provides past questions and answers for reference.  This diversity of information sources reflects and meets the needs of the growing base of QGIS users.  This section is a partial compilation of the various English-language resources concerned with QGIS.   Let me  know if you have any others to add!

Books on QGIS from Commercial Publishers

Starting with The Quantum GIS Training Manual by Tim Sutton et al., the following are the books on QGIS that I know of at this time that are, or soon will be, commercially available.  Click on the cover thumbnails below to see the publisher's web page for the books.  The QGIS Map Design book below teaches the fine points of cartography using QGIS.  Click on the thumbnails for info!


One of the wonderful things about QGIS is that it is programmable!  If you are the kind of person who can't leave well enough alone and just loves automating processes by writing macros, plug-ins, or even changing the code (QGIS is an open source project, after all), then the last three books in the third row above may be for you!

While the print editions of the books can usually be purchased at a discount through resellers like, buying from the publisher's website usually gives you the option of a hefty discount when purchasing the electronic versions of the book (usually in the pdf, epub, and mobi formats).

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Web-based Tutorials and Resources

Tutorial/Resource URL
QGIS - A Beginner's Guide (video)
QGIS Tips and Tutorials (Ujaval Ghandhi)
"How do I do that in QGIS?"
Lex Berman's QGIS Workshop (Harvard CGA)
Self-paced QGIS Tutorial using Canvas
OSGeo Listing of QGIS/GRASS Tutorials
QGIS Tutorial Labs (Univ of Calif at Davis)
Intro to GIS Using Open Source Software (QGIS)
QGIS Basics for Journalists
ESSC (Philippines) Basic QGIS & Webmapping GIS Tutorials (using QGIS)
"GIS Basics" course with Quantum GIS
QGIS Video Tutorials from Mango Map
QGIS Video Tutorials on YouTube
QGIS Video Tutorials from on Vimeo
QGIS Tutorial from Charles Schweik
Archaeological maps from QGIS and Inkscape Click here to download PDF
Geocoding Maps from Articles
QGIS Handy Hints QGIS articles/tutorials
Teach Yourself Quantum GIS

QGIS-related Blogs (contains many, many advanced tutorials!)

Blog URL
Planet QGIS (Blog post aggregation by
Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings
Spatial Galaxy (Gary Sherman's blog) (formerly Linfiniti Geo) Blog
Dominoc925's QGIS-related posts
Nathan's QGIS and GIS Blog
QGIS-related posts on Scratching Surfaces blog
Boundless (OpenGeo) blog on QGIS
QGIS on Gothos
QGIS Tutorials and Articles on GIS Lounge
QGIS Tutorials and Articles on
QGIS Malaysia

On-Line QGIS User Forums