SenSat | How to upload a Google Earth layer on QGIS

How to: Upload a Google Earth

layer on QGIS

This is a tutorial on how to upload a Google Earth layer in QGIS as a background to orthomosaic layers. If you want to find out how to open an orthomosaic in QGIS, please click here.


QGIS can be used to either visualise the full extent file or some of the tiles. Click on this link to download QGIS 3.8 (64bit). Ensure you download the version compatible for your PC. 

​​1. Once downloaded open QGIS.

2.  Right click on "XYZ Tiles" to then click on "New Connection..."

3.  On the new pop up windows:

4. Select the new 'Google Maps' Raster under ‘XYZ Tiles’, and drag & drop it in the layer pane.

5. To visualise the orthomosaic on top of the Google Earth layer, drag and drop the orthomosaic (.tif) file into QGIS to upload it. To zoom to the location, right click to the layer and click ‘Zoom to extent’

The orthomosaic is now overlaying the Google Earth layer and can be used for 2D visualisation and measurements.


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