Find and Download WorldPop rasters through QGIS
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A plugin for QGIS 3 that helps users download raster products from the WorldPop Global Project

The WorldPop Global High Resolution Population Denominators Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1134076), has produced an open-access archive of 3-arc seconds (approximately 100m at the equator) gridded population datasets, also structured by gender and age groups, for 249 countries, dependencies, and territories for 21-years (2000-2020), using the methods described by Stevens et al., 2015, Gaughan et al., 2016, and Pezzulo et al., 2017. In addition, the project has also made available the covariate datasets used as inputs to produce the gridded population datasets (Lloyd et al., under review). These datasets are available for download from the WorldPop website and FTP server using a range of methods and tools.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the latest release zip file.
  2. Use it with 'Install from Zip file' (found at QGIS3 -> Plugins-> Manage and install Plugins ...)


  1. After you put the folder into the appropriate directory you should enable it from Plugins ->Manage and install Plugins ...

enable plugin image

  1. A new entry should appear at the plugins menu:

Clicking the button will open the plugin's main window:

From this point the plugin is very straight forward:

  • Each country, is a parent which contains a number of datasets.

  • After you locate the desired dataset from the list you can then click download and the addon will fetch that raster from the WorldPop FTP and store it your desired folder.

    • If the Add downloaded file into Layer List is checked, the downloaded file will be added automatically at the running QGIS layer list


For any issues that may arise please open a ticket in our GitHub repository