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How to Add a Basemap to a QGIS Project

Basemaps can be helpful reference points when working with spatial data.

How to add a basemap to your project

  1. Open a new QGIS project. Screenshot of the QGIS opening page with a red box highlighting the Open a New Project option

  2. In the left-hand browser menu, locate XYZ Tiles → OpenStreetMap

    OpenStreetMap base tiles are built in to QGIS. Screenshot of the QGIS browser panel

  3. Drag OpenStreetMap into the Map Canvas Screen recording of dragging the base layer into the map canvas

  4. Zoom in to the desired location by selecting the Zoom In menu item, and clicking and dragging on the Map Canvas Screen recording of zooming in close on an area in New York