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ESA Charter Mapper QGIS toolbox


QGIS is a GIS (Geographic Information System) software, which allows to analyze and edit spatial data and to generate cartography. QGIS supports both vector and raster data as well as major spatial databases such as PostgreSQL / PostGIS or Spatialite. Furthermore, the strength of QGIS is that it integrates the processing algorithms of other open source projects, such as GRASS GIS and SAGA GIS, in an intuitive interface.

Being distributed as an Open Source package, the QGIS source code is freely made available by the developers and can be downloaded and modified. The core of QGIS is written in C ++ and fully supports Python 3. This allows it to be reprogrammed to meet specific needs. To increase functionality and compatibility, plugins can also be compiled in Python, small extensions loaded at the time of program launch that extend its functions.


The ESA Charter Mapper provides an Environment with QGIS 3.10.14 A coruna version installed.

Supported formats


  • ESRI ArcInfo Binary Coverage
  • ESRI Shapefile, geospatial vector data format
  • Geopackage
  • MapInfo .TAB e MIF/MID
  • GRASS Vector
  • AutoCAD DXF


  • GRASS Raster
  • ArcInfo ASCII o Binary grid
  • ERDAS Imagine
  • ERMapper ECW
  • JPEG/Jpeg 2000

and many others. Full list of all supported formats can be found here

DBRMS wtih spatial extension

  • PostgreSQL PostGIS
  • SQLite Spatialite
  • Database Oracle Spatial e MSSQL Spatial

User authentication

To login into the ESA Charter Mapper, each user needs to login at


From the ESA Charter Mapper workspace list choose the desired workspace by clicking on Open workspace button.


Once clicked, the dedicated workspace will open with the QGIS tool integrated.


The steps to use this tool are the following:

  • click on the Toolbox button
    and choose the QGIS tool clicking on Open QGIS button



If you return on the Workspace Tab and click on the Delete environment button, the QGIS section that is running will end.

  • Once clicked, the new window tab will open automatically


  • On this window, there is the QGIS app where the user will be able to work


Finally, if you want to add the World Map and one of the available datasets on QGIS, you will have e.g. to:

  • double click on XYZ Tiles and on OpenStreetMap. Then, the World Map appear on QGIS app


  • click on LayerAdd LayerAdd Vector Layer


  • choose the dataset under the folder workspace that contains all the calls and activations you have access to. For example:



  • Finally, the result will appear on the map



QGIS Official Manual