QGIS Welcome Page

Whenever you start QGIS you basically do it because?

Right, because you need to do GIS work. Ah, how I love rhetorical questions to start a post.

And most of the time one continues to work on a QGIS project which he has prepared before. For me 99% of the time, I start QGIS, move the mouse to the top left over “Project” go to “Recent Projects” and select the one I want. If I am lucky my hand is stable enough to hover “Recent Projects” and not “New From Template” which I actually never use.

No longer!

At OPENGIS.ch we just introduced a nice “Welcome Page” to QGIS which lists the recently used projects. With a screenshot next to it!

That’s how my QGIS looks at start right now:

Screenshot from 2015-08-18 21-01-13

Instead of the filename it will show the project title if one is defined.

And you get some recent information about the QGIS project just next to it.

I would never want to miss this feature again.

… Coming soon to a QGIS near you …

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12 Comments » for QGIS Welcome Page
  1. Stefan says:

    Nice feature. That’s the power of open source SW to follow closely the needs of the users.

    BTW: Can you point to some explanations what QGIS project templates are and how they can be generated?

  2. Kostas says:

    Hello Matthias,
    Thanks for you amazing work.
    I got one question for you regarding this welcome page feature. How would the project screenshot affect the loading speed of qgis?
    If there is a way, the most optimal (I think) would be to create a small snapshot every time the project is closing and then the software could use this snapshot, instead of creating a new snapshot every time qgis is loading.

  3. Nelson Silva says:

    Nice work Matthias 🙂
    You will share a small explanatory tutorial?


  4. Matthias Kuhn says:

    Hi Kostas, that’s exactly how it works, whenever you save the project a sample from the mapcanvas is taken. No extra rendering, no performance penalty.

  5. Nice! first use here on osgeo4w nightly. Couldn’t find a way to close the panel, and QGIS news and recent Project remain empty even after opening a project and reopening QGIS. Screenshot is saved in my profile though. Cheers

    • Matthias Kuhn says:

      Hi Régis,

      The panel will be closed when either the first layer is added or a new project created.

      I think the entries are saved in the registry on Windows?

      On linux I have a QGIS2.conf file with entries in the following format:


      Can you check if similar entries are generated in the appropriate Windows-Format?

  6. underdark says:

    Very nice work! I wonder if it’s also possible to show this screen when the user closes a project by clicking the new project button. It would be a convenient way to swap to previously opened projects.

    • Matthias Kuhn says:

      It would be very nice to have the possibility to switch back to the welcome screen.
      I fear that it could be confusing to connect this to the “New Project” button. But at the same time I cannot see a better approach (adding yet another button to the cluttered toolbars may not be the best solution)

  7. SLM66 says:

    It’s a nice job. But how can i get this ? It’s a plugin you created ? How can i hve this on my qgis ?

    • Matthias Kuhn says:

      Hi, it’s core functionality which is currently in testing stage. It is included in any recent “development” (qgis-dev) version. It will be included in QGIS 2.12 which will be released later this autumn. So no need to manually install something, just wait for it to appear at your place.

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