NextGIS plugins, part 1: tile cache, coordinates, data binding

QGIS is one of the best modern desktop GIS, and the NextGIS team has been involved in its development since 2008. In addition to supporting our own build, NextGIS QGIS, we develop extension plugins for QGIS. We have developed more than 30 plugins – more than any other company in the world. These plugins are available in the official QGIS plugin repository.

Our plugins are designed to simplify, speed up and automate work processes. The plugins are available to everyone and work in both NextGIS QGIS and QGIS 3.

We are starting a three-part series describing the plugins developed by NextGIS. Each plugin’s description is accompanied by a video tutorial.

Click-Fu: click on a map in QGIS and open the results in map services

The one-click plugin allows you to switch from the map in QGIS to the most popular map services: Google Maps, OSM, Flickr Maps, and GeoHack Map Sources.

Simply choose a service and click on any place on the map in QGIS. Your browser will open the page of the service related to the click coordinates.

DumpLoadField: add data from a TXT-file to the vector layer attributes

Fill in the text fields of the vector layer attribute table from a TXT file. The plugin is used in cases when you need to populate an empty field or replace values in a field.

With DumpLoadField, you can also save the content of an attribute table field to your PC as a TXT file.

Geometry Paster: copy the geometry from one object and assign it to another

This plugin allows you to copy geometry from one object and assign it to another. The source object and target object can belong to the same vector layer or different layers. The target object will change its geometry while keeping its attributes and style.

QTiles: create raster tiles from the QGIS project

If you need to quickly prepare an offline basemap from your QGIS project, the QTiles plugin is there for you. It creates raster tiles for the selected area and desired zoom levels.

Such a tile set can be used in mobile GIS for fieldwork when no Internet connection is available.

Connect Points: connect points between two layers by attribute value

This is a simple tool to build a link between points from two different layers using attribute values as a reference. As a result, a new layer will be created where lines join points with the same values.

QuickMapServices: basemaps and geoservices for GIS

One of the most popular plugins among QGIS users worldwide, it is an open catalog of basemaps and geoservices that allows you to add them to your GIS.

Copy Coords: copy coordinates from QGIS

Copy the coordinates of any point to the clipboard. Working with the plugin is extremely easy – no need for Ctrl+C. Just click anywhere on the map, and the coordinates will be copied!

The coordinates are copied in the coordinate system that is set for the project. Pressing SHIFT automatically converts the coordinates to EPSG:4326.

EasyQuery: quick search and filtering of vector layer objects

The plugin offers a simple and intuitive visual query builder. You can use it to set simple conditions for filtering layer objects by attribute data and define the sampling mode, without having to delve into the query language.

The following values are automatically pre-loaded in the “Value” field:

  • all unique values for string fields;
  • minimum, maximum values, as well as the values of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile intervals for numeric fields.

This allows you to perform common queries without entering anything in the value field.

If you set multiple conditions, you can specify whether at least one of them must be satisfied or all of them simultaneously. The result of the selection can be saved to a separate temporary layer, as well as selected or filtered within the current vector layer.

Identify+: view photos from object attributes

Use the Identify+ plugin to view photos contained in object attributes within the QGIS interface.

NextGIS Connect: turn your QGIS project into a hosted interactive map

You can use the plugin only if you have your own NextGIS Web.

The tool allows you to publish your QGIS project on the Internet in a matter of minutes. The published project becomes an interactive web map.

With a published web map, you can import individual layers back into QGIS, edit them, and then update the web map.


The GIS task space is endlessly diverse. Refining and optimizing the software for your business processes should be an ongoing process. Become a NextGIS customer, and we will be happy to discuss your challenges and needs, and to transform them into useful new QGIS plugins.

To be continued

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