How to open QGIS file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

QGIS files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing QGIS file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with QGIS extension. However, it should be remembered that QGIS file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Quantum GIS Project but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning QGIS files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with QGIS extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Quantum GIS Project

    .qgis file extension

    Category: GPS&GIS Files

    OS Software
    Windows Quantum GIS Quantum GIS

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from QGIS files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning QGIS extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning QGIS extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the QGIS file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports QGIS file extension
  • QGIS file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with QGIS files


If QGIS file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a QGIS file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open QGIS file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing QGIS in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit QGIS format. It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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