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.TH QGIS 1 "March 9, 2011"
qgis \- Quantum GIS Geographic Information System
.B qgis [--snapshot
.I filename]
.B " [--lang"
.I language]
.B " [--project"
.I projectfile]
.B " [--extent"
.I xmin,ymin,xmax,ymax]
.B " [--width"
.I width]
.B " [--height"
.I height]
.B " [--nologo]"
.B " [--noplugins]"
.B " [--optionspath"
.I path]
.B " [--configpath"
.I path]
.B " [--help]"
.B " [file]..."
See OPTIONS for a full description.
Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a cross platform, Free and Open Source Geographic
Information System (GIS). Supported platforms include Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and
Microsoft Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is
licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Some of the major features include:
*Support for spatially enabled PostGIS tables
*Support for shapefiles, ArcInfo coverages, Mapinfo, and other formats
supported by OGR
*Raster support for a large number of formats
*Identify features
*Display attribute tables
*Select features
*GRASS Digitizing
*Feature labeling
.B \--snapshot filename
Create a snapshot image from the specified layers and save it to filename. The
snapshot is saved in PNG format.
.B \--lang language
Set the language used by QGIS. Language is specified using the locale string
that matches one of the translations supported by QGIS. For example, to use the
German translation, specify
.B --lang de
.B \--project filename
Load the specified
project file. The layers specified in the project file are loaded, the layers
are symbolized, and the view extent is restored.
.B \--extent xmin,ymin,xmax,ymax
Set initial map extent by passing coordinates of that rectangle.
.B \--width width
Width of snapshot to emit
.B \--height height
Height of snapshot to emit
.B \--nologo
Hide splash screen
.B \--noplugins
Don't restore plugins on startup. Useful if some third-party plugins make QGIS crash during startup.
.B \--optionspath path
Use the given QSettings path
.B \--configpath path
Use the given path for all user configuration
.B \--help
Display brief usage help.
.B file...
A list of one or more files to be loaded into QGIS at startup. Files must
consist of a data format supported by QGIS and only disk-based formats can be
loaded using this method. This includes shapefiles, MapInfo files, and most
raster formats. Data stores that cannot be loaded in this way include PostGIS
layers in a PostgreSQL database and GRASS vector/raster data.
.B ~/.config/QuantumGIS/qgis.conf
QGIS preferences file. This file stores windows size/location, loaded plugins,
user options, and other application settings.
See the QGIS home page ( for a list of known issues with the
latest release.
Gary Sherman <sherman at>