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Geocoding in QGIS, the easy way.

Posted by smathermather on October 1, 2013

Search the Google for geocoding in QGIS and you find a few nice articles, mostly pointing to third party web sites that will geocode for you, e.g. this post from 2009.  It’s a good post, but there’s an easier way now.

Well, let’s see if a little SEO will help solve this fgeocodeor people– a great tool for geocoding in QGIS is MMQGIS.  Add it as an extension, choose “GeoCode from Google”, and load up your CSV of addresses.  You may have to sit and wait a while, but rest assured, the result will be worth the wait.  So, load up the extensions manager and search for MMGIS.  Install.  Enjoy.

Now, off to find census data during the sequester… .


8 Responses to “Geocoding in QGIS, the easy way.”

  1. At one point I was going to write a tutorial on how to use MMQGIS to geocode multiple addresses. Never got around to it…

  2. […] « Geocoding in QGIS, the easy way. […]

  3. Joshua said

    Thanks for sharing this. It would be great to have an image or two though. It actually took me a while to figure out that the MMQGIS plugin got it’s own dropdown menu.

  4. Read said

    Hi, This appears to be working for me so thanks. I am attempting to geocode ~ 2300 addresses and so far it is taking about 3 hours. Is this expected? Does anyone know how long this should typically take? I also geocoded 4 addresses and that took a matter of seconds. Thanks!

  5. Tyler Veinot said

    It looks like this is working, knock on wood, just wanted to say thanks for getting me going. Anyone else notice that with only a basic Esri License you find yourself using QGIS more and more for anything outside of basic editing…?

  6. James Beecher said

    Hi – this has worked for me in the past (for which many thanks). It’s now stopped worked and I receive the following error: “Failure deleting existing shapefile: C:/[location/filename of CSV uploaded].shp”. I updated the MMGIS plugin and receive the same error message. Any ideas?

    • Ryan said

      You have to put the note found .csv file in the same location as the output shapefile

      • James Beecher said

        Hey Ryan – I’m not sure that’s true, but either way I seem to have got it working again. Apologies, I should have said. Can’t remember how I did it – but tidying up my folder architecture and re-installing QGIS might have come into it!

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