Install QGis and OpenLayers plugin

Install QGis and OpenLayers plugin on Windows. Same instructions should apply for Linux and OS X as well.

Downloading

Go to this page and download QGis.

Installing

Click Next.

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Click I Agree.

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Change the installation directory if you need to.

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You can keep the data sets if you want to, but they are not mandatory.

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Starting the program

Go to Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins…

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Enter “osm” in the Search box. Select OpenLayers Plugin and install it.
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Go to Web > OpenLayers plugin and select the type of map you want to see.

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OpenLayers plugin allows us to load maps from the Internet which we can use for reference when creating shapefiles.
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