Download QGIS Software

Desktop GIS software is helpful when trying to make sense of census data. We will use free, open-source QGIS.

How to Download QGIS

QGIS is a free and open source desktop GIS software used to create, edit, visualize, analyze, and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and mobile devices.

How to Download

  1. Visit .

  2. Select Download Now.

  3. Select your desired platform.



QGIS can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software error

  • If you get an error message that Apple can’t check the app for malicious software, instead of double-clicking the icon to open the program, instead try right-clicking, and select Open.

  • You should only have to do this the first time you open the software. This message is popping up because the app is not available through the app store; it is developed through the open source GIS community.

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