QGIS is a free and open source GIS application that can be used for viewing, editing and analysising geospatial data. QGIS supports a very wide range of vector and raster formats and also common API protocols like WMS, WMTS, WCS and WFS.

In Puhti, QGIS could be used for example to visualize the resulting files from other sources (lastools, grass, python)


QGIS is available in Puhti with following versions:

  • 3.8.1 Zanzibar via conda


Using QGIS with graphical user interface

QGIS is included in the geoconda module and can be loaded with

module load geoconda

If you have connected with a ssh connection that has X11 forwarding enabled, you can launch a graphical user interface with


For X11 forwarding to be enabled you need to install a suitable program for your own computer first (unless you are using Linux or Mac). You can read instructions how to do that here

It is also possible to access QGIS functionalities from Python without an graphical user interface with the PyQGIS library


Do not run long CPU intensive jobs on the login nodes! This means you can't run computationally intensive analysis on graphical user interfaces on Puhti until interactive Puhti-shells are made available later in 2019. Use the batch job system on Puhti or run analysis on taito-shell.

QGIS and Allas

QGIS can read files directly from Allas, either using S3 or SWIFT API. Before starting QGIS set up the connection as described in on GDAL page.

License and citing

QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

In your publications please acknowledge also oGIIR and CSC, for example “The authors wish to acknowledge for computational resources CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland (urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072531) and the Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (oGIIR, urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072513).”