Creating Web maps and databases using QGIS Cloud

This post will demonstrate how to use the QGIS Cloud to create web maps and databases from layers created using the QGIS desktop.

Make sure you have registered for a user account in QGIS Cloud.

Use the plugin menu to install the QGIS Cloud  in QGIS Desktop. See QGIS documentation for how to

install plugins.


Download Sample data by clicking this link:


Launch QGIS and add layers on the map canvas.

Click on the ‘Cloud Settings’ icon button on the QGIS main menu bar to launch

QGIS Cloud.



Click Login and put in username and password to activate QGIS Cloud account.



When the QGIS Cloud dialog box opens (left hand side of the screenshot), Click on the

Upload Data’ tab. The layers on the Layers bar will automatically be listed( blue highlighted rows).

Click the ‘Upload data’  at the bottom of the dialog box to upload the layers.

The unique part of this process is that the layers are uploaded as tables in a

PostGIS enabled database.



Once the layers are uploaded, a Save dialog box will open to allow the user save the map.

Click on the ‘Add background layer’ to to underlay the layers with a base map from

Google Maps.

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Click on ‘Publish Map’ and the URL for a web and mobile map will be created.

Also a public WMS address will be created.



To view the web or mobile version of the map, share the webmap url or the mobile map url. 

See live map below-

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