Georeferencer - complete functionality list

If you select manual georeferencing in MapTiler, new windows will pop-up. All you need to do here is to select a sufficient number of points from two maps – your image and online map, to align them.

The absolute minimum is three points, however, the more control points you assign, the more precise the result will be. The best choice is to pick points on different parts of the map and do it as accurate as possible: this can be accomplished by choosing corners of buildings, crossroads, peaks and other clearly identifiable points.

Georeferencing itself is done by clicking on one map and the same point on the other. The order doesn’t matter, you can first select a point in the online map and then on your image or vice versa. There is also an option to drop a point on one map and insert coordinates for the other one.full-window


The main window contains a search button in the very left top corner. By typing village name and clicking search button the referencing map will zoom to the selected place. The autocomplete function is available.


Below is the icon for map switch: you can select from the predefined ones or add a custom map service by pasting URL of WMS or TileJSON server.


Zoom in and zoom out buttons are available on both sides of the window: left one work for referencing map, right one for your image.

insert coordinates

When you click on both a map and a picture you are georeferencing, in the middle bottom part of the screen appears a small window with coordinates you can manually change. By clicking on the gear icon on the right, you can also select if the coordinates are shown in EPSG:4326 or WGS84 format.


On the top, you can switch between Side by side view and Overlay, which is available when at least three points are selected on both maps.


Coordinates button gives you an overview of already inserted points altogether with inaccuracy. Clicking on the coordinate will bring a selected point into central view, hovering will highlight it.


Clip option allows you to crop your image before publishing. This path is referred to as a clipping path or a cutline.

For command-line cropping options, read the MapTiler manual.


The Gear icon on the top right corner gives you the option to change the way of transformation. All five available methods are described in a standalone manual.


On the right bottom, you can find the lock icon, which grips both maps together and reproduce any move or zoom on one map on the other.


The circle arrow straightens your image for viewing if it is distorted by georeferencing (this is just for easier orientation during the georeferencing process, it has no impact on final product).

If you make any mistake during the whole procedure, you can always click on wrongly inserted coordinate on the map and either move it to the correct position or delete it.

Now your image is georeferenced and you can continue with publishing.

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