Dress Up Your QGIS Install With this Whimsical Plugin

Caitlin Dempsey


There is a Lithuanian proverb that says, “For every head, a hat”.  Nathan Woodrow, has captured this attitude with his QGIS plugin called QGIS Hats.  The QGIS hats plugin is a bit of fun that accomplishes no other purpose than to add a hat to the QGIS icon.

Installing the QGIS Hats Plugin

Load QGIS and then click on Plugins –> Manage and Install Plugins… from the top menu.

In the window that opens, search the QGIS plugin repository for “QGIS Hats”.

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Now click on the “Install plugin” button to install the plugin.  You should see a status message at the top of the window indicating that the plugin has been successfully installed.

Now, verify that the plugin is putting a hat on your QGIS icon by taking a look at the shortcut icon.  In this example QGIS installation in a Mac OS X operating system, I have the QGIS shortcut icon installed on my dock.  The QGIS shortcut icon is wearing the designated hat for July.

The hats are downloaded from the SoManyHats folder on Github.  Users who want to create news hats can contribute by downloading the template and then uploading new hats using the following naming convention to the SoManyHats folder:


or just {month}.png if it’s to cover a full month.

QGIS Hats Video Tutorial

You can also watch this tutorial as a video:

YouTube video

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.