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QField Quickstart

QField is a powerful tool to collect data in the field for usage with QGIS.

Start QField

  1. Click the menu button at the bottom left

  2. Click the QField icon in the Education menu

    Find QField in the menu

You will see QField launch and show the changelog of the release. Close the screen by clicking on the arrow button on the top left.

The changelog is shown once

Open a project

You can open any QGIS project with QField.

  1. Click the Open local file button

  2. Open the qgis-examples folder

  3. Click the QGIS-Itasca-Example.qgz project file to open the project

    Choose the Itasca project to open

Basic canvas interaction

You can identify features by clicking on them. In the itasca project, there are multiple layers identifiable, so you will get results from multiple layers, in this case here „airports“ and „County Boundaries“.

To inspect the attributes of one of the features, click on the feature in the identification panel. You will see all attributes of this feature appear.

The hamburger menu


To see which layers are loaded and to inspect the layer legends, click the hamburger menu on the top left corner.

The hamburger menu

You will see all layers in the project listed. By right clicking on the layer (or long pressing on a touch screen) you will have additional actions available for each layer.

The legend

Close the legend by clicking the white arrow on the top left or by clicking anywhere on the canvas outside the legend panel.

Digitize Data

By default, QField opens in read/view mode and you are not able to make any changes to preexisting geometries or add new features. To go into digitize mode:

  1. Click the hamburger menu on the top left corner, so you see the legend.

  2. Click the pencil switch to go into digitize mode.

    Switch to the digitize mode

Next, we will create a new airport.

  1. Activate the airports layer by clicking on the airports layer. The current layer within which digitizing will occur is highlighted using a green background in the legend.

  2. Close the layer panel

  3. You will see a crosshair appear. This will follow your mouse or stay in the center of the screen if you are working with a touch screen.

  1. If you have a mouse: click to create a new airport.

  2. If you have a touchscreen, move the map until the crosshair is on the desired location and click the plus button at the bottom right of the screen to create a point.

  1. A panel appears, where you can enter all the desired attributes for the new airport

  2. Click the checkbox to confirm the new airport.

  3. The data is saved immediately.

Things to try

  1. Show and hide a layer via the layer options (long click in the legend)

  2. On the legend panel, check the cog wheel symbol for more actions like measuring and printing

  3. Download the QField sample projects for more inspiration

  4. Open a project file in QGIS, add layers to it and change the configuration

  5. Install QField on your mobile device through the app store or via the Download page.

What next?

To learn more about QField, a good starting point is the Documentation page.