Install QGIS on Ubuntu 18.10

In this post I will talk you through installing QGIS which is a Geo-spatial mapping tool which allows you to present business/scientific data in the form of an interactive map.

There are many different versions of Geo-spacial mapping tools available however these can cost hundreds of pounds but there are just as good open-source versions such as QGIS to get you started.

Installing QGIS

This is quite a straight forward process. QGIS can be installed from the Ubuntu repository however it is not the current release version. To install it manually then read on…

The first thing to do is to add the key server (without manual fingerprint verification) to apt lists. This can be done by running the following command:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key CAEB3DC3BDF7FB45

You can now go ahead and add the repository to your Ubuntu installation. To do this click on Software & Updates icon, you should now see the following window.

Now click on the Other Software tab to see the following screen:

Now click on the Add button and you will see the following prompt:

Add either of the following APT lines depending on which version of Ubuntu you are running:

DistributionVersionCodenameAPT
Ubuntu19.04discodeb https://qgis.org/debian disco main
deb-src https://qgis.org/debian disco main
Ubuntu18.10cosmicdeb https://qgis.org/debian cosmic main
deb-src https://qgis.org/debian cosmic main
Ubuntu18.04 (LTS)bionicdeb https://qgis.org/debian bionic main
deb-src https://qgis.org/debian bionic main
Ubuntu16.04 (LTS)xenialdeb https://qgis.org/debian xenial main
deb-src https://qgis.org/debian xenial main

And then click on add source as illustrated below:

You should now go back to the command line and enter the following:

sudo apt-get update

Followed by:

sudo apt-get install qgis python3-qgis qgis-plugin-grass

The install should now start and after a few minutes you will have QGIS installed on your system. This is quite a complex piece of software so it will be worthwhile for you to visit https://qgis.org/en/docs/index.html# where you will be able to learn the basics of geo-spacial mapping.