How to Easily Add Google Satellite/Map/Terrain Imagery to QGIS

The latest version of QGIS is QGIS 3. It comes with many new and interesting features. Like previous versions of QGIS, this software is really designed to make more analysis and spatial management in a simpler way, but this version has new tricks and a new order of finding tools. In this tutorial, we will show you the steps to import a Google Map image into a QGIS worksheet using XYZ tiles. 

Here i will explain the steps.

  • Open the QGIS software then right-click on the Toolbar Menu, then activate the Browser Tollbar
  • Drag down on the Browser window until you find XYZ Tiles, then right-click and select New Connection
  • After exiting the New Connection window, fill in the name of the image that will be intended for the URL at the end of this article
  • Then the result will be like this

Google Image Links and URLs for QGIS


Satellite Only
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=s&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)
Hybrid
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=y&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)
Roadmap
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=m&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)
Altered Roadmap
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=r&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)
Terrain
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=p&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)
Terrain Only
http://mt0.google.com/vt/lyrs=t&hl=en&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}
(Without spaces at the beginning and at the end)