Georeferencing in QGIS - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Welcome to the Absolute Beginner's Guide to QGIS. This tutorial has been developed to help you catch up with QGIS, one of the popular open-source geographic information systems. We cover the basics of QGIS, from the foundation to high-level spatial analysis methods, so even if you are new to GIS or QGIS, it becomes pretty accessible.

In this video we get to learn the georeferencing system, that with QGIS we can get to align your raster images or maps with real-world coordinates. We are going to learn:

  • Appreciation of the importance of geocontext.
  • Preparing your raster image for georeferencing.
  • Setting up of a georeferencing scheme in QGIS.
  • Add control points and edit your image.
  • Save and export your georeferenced image.

At the end of this video, you should be able to georeference your raster images and maps in QGIS so that further additional spatial data can be combined for detailed spatial analysis.


  • QGIS installed (If you need help with this step, see our QGIS Download and Installation tutorial) Click Here
  • Basic understanding of QGIS interfaces and navigation (visit our QGIS: First Look course if you are uncertain about this step). Click Here
  • Understanding How to Digitize in QGIS (If you don't see what to do on this step, see our How to Digitize in QGIS tutorial) Click Here

Let's go ahead and learn how to georeference in QGIS.


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