Geocoding is the process of turning street addresses into geographic coordinates. You can geocode easily in QGIS using several methods.
- Geocode a single address at a time automatically with QGIS plugin
- Geocode multiple addresses and import the results into QGIS, using GPS Visualizer or GeoCommons
- Geocode multiple addresses and import the results into QGIS, using the mmqgis plugin (tutorial coming soon)
- Geocode multiple addresses within QGIS based on a street shapefile (tutorial coming soon)
If you just want to geocode and you don’t need to see the addresses plotted on a map in QGIS, then follow these instructions. If you don’t need to see them on a map nor do you need the geographic coordinates, then use BatchGeocode.
If you only need to geocode a single address and get its coordinates immediately, use geocoder.us.
An example geocoded address on the map using the “single address” method.