In the toolbar you can find the most common tasks. See table below for information on different buttons and their functionality.

Button Button Name Description
mActionDataSourceManager Adds a data source Here you can add data from different sources, e.g. raster and vector
viewlist_mapdock Open a map window Opens a new Map Window
viewlist_spectrumdock Open a spectral library window Opens a new spectral library window
viewlist_textview Open a text window Opens a new text window, you can for example use it to store metadata, take notes etc.
mActionPan Pan Map Moves the map. Can also be achieved by holding the mouse wheel
mActionZoomIn Zoom In Increases the zoom level. You can also scroll the mouse wheel forward.
mActionZoomOut Zoom Out Decreases the zoom level. You can also scroll the mouse wheel backwards.
mActionZoomActual Zoom to native resolution Zoom to the native resolution
mActionZoomFullExtent Zoom to full extent Changes the zoom level so that the image is displayed in full extent
select_location Identify Identify loactions on the map where you click. Use the three options on the right to specify what to identify
mActionIdentify Identify cursor location value Cursor Location Values. Shows pixel values of all layers at the selected position.
profile Select pixel profiles from map Opens spectral library window (if not opened yet) and plots the spectral profile of the selected pixel
pan_center Center map on clicked location This tool will move the center of the map view to the pixel you click on
link_basic Specify the linking between different maps Opens the Map Linking Dialog

Data Sources

The Data Sources panel lists the data in your current project, comparable to the Layers panel in QGIS. The following data types and their corresponding metadata are available:

  • mIconRasterLayer Raster Data

    • File size: Metadata on resolution and extent of the raster

    • CRS: Shows Coordinate Reference System (CRS) information

    • Bands: Information on overall number of bands as well as band-wise metadata such as name, class or wavelength (if available)


      Depending on the type, raster layers will be listed with different icons:

      • mIconRasterImage for default raster layers (continuous value range)
      • mIconRasterMask for mask raster layers
      • mIconRasterClassification for classification raster layers

      Also see section on data types for further information.

  • mIconLineLayer Vector Data

    • File size: Shows the file size and extent of the vector layer
    • CRS: Shows Coordinate Reference System (CRS) information
    • Features: Information on number of features and geometry types
    • Fields: Attribute information, number of fields as well as field names and corresponding datatype
  • speclib Spectral Libraries

    • File size: Size of the file on hard disk
    • Profiles: Shows the number of spectra in the library
  • processingAlgorithm Models

Buttons of the Data Sources panel:

Button Description
mActionDataSourceManager This button lets you add data from different sources, e.g. raster and vector. Same function as add_datasource.
mActionRemove Remove layers from the Data Sources panel. First select one or more and then click the remove button.
mActionCollapseTree Collapses the whole menu tree, so that only layer type groups are shown.
mActionExpandTree Expands menu tree to show all branches.
qgis_icon Synchronizes Data Sources with QGIS.


  • If you want to remove all layers at once, right-click in the Data Sources panel and and select Remove all DataSources
  • The EnMAP-Box also supports Tile-/Web Map Services (e.g. Google Satellite or OpenStreetMap) as a raster layer. Just add them to your QGIS project as you normally would, and then click the qgis_icon Synchronize Data Sources with QGIS button. Now they should appear in the data source panel and can be added to a Map View.

Data Views

The Data Views panel organizes the different windows and their content. You may change the name of a Window by double-clicking onto the name in the list.

Buttons of the Data Views panel:

Button Description
mActionCollapseTree Collapses the whole menu tree, so that only layer type groups are shown.
mActionExpandTree Expands menu tree to show all branches.

Example of how different window types and their contents are organized in the Data Views panel. In this case there are two Map Windows and one Spectral Library Window in the project.

Map Window viewlist_mapdock

The map window allows you to visualize raster and vector data. It is interactive, which means you can move the content or zoom in/out.

  • In order to add a new Map Window click the viewlist_mapdock Open a Map Window button. Once you added a Map Window, it will be listed in the Data Views panel.
  • Add layers by either drag-and-dropping them into the Map Window (from the Data Sources list) or right-click onto the layer ‣ Open in existing map…
  • You can also directly create a new Map Window and open a layer by right-clicking the layer ‣ Open in new map


You can link multiple Map Windows with each other, so that the contents are synchronized. The following options are available:

  • link_mapscale_center Link map scale and center
  • link_mapscale Link map scale
  • link_center Link map center

In order to link Map Windows, go to View ‣ Set Map Linking in the menu bar, which will open the following dialog:


Here you can specify the above mentioned link options between the Map Windows. You may either specify linkages between pairs or link all canvases at once (the All Canvases option is only specifiable when the number of Map Windows is > 2). Remove created links by clicking link_open.

Demonstration of linking two Map Windows


  • Activate the crosshair by right-clicking into a Map Window and select Crosshair ‣ Show

  • You can alter the style of the crosshair by right-clicking into a Map Window and select Crosshair ‣ Style


Spectral Library Window viewlist_spectrumdock

The Spectral Library Window can be used to visualize, collect and label spectra. It directly interacts with the Map Window(s), which means spectra can be directly collected from an image. Furthermore, external libraries (ENVI Spectral Library) can be imported.

  • Add a new Spectral Library Window using the viewlist_spectrumdock Add Spectral Library Window button in the toolbar or from the menu bar View ‣ Add Spectral Library Window
  • You can import and open existing libraries using the speclib_add Import Spectral Library button

Spectral Library Window with several collected and labeled spectra

Buttons of the Spectral Library Window:

Button Description
Adds currently overlaid profiles
to the spectral library
Activate to add profiles automatically
into the spectral library
Import Spectral Library
Save Spectral Library
Selects all elements in
the spectral library
Inverts the current selection
Remove selection (deselect everything)
Reload the table
Toggle editing mode
Cut selected rows to clipboard
Copy selected rows to clipboard
Paste features from clipboard
Delete selected features
Save edits
Add New field
Delete field
Enter the Spectral Library Layer Properties
Switch to form view
Switch to table view

Collecting spectra:

  • Make sure to enable the profile button in the menu bar and open a raster you want to collect spectra from in a Map Window.
  • Click in a desired location in the Map Window. The pixels spectral profile at this location will now be shown in the plot in the Library Window. Mind that this will only visualize the spectrum, but nothing is saved at this point.
  • To add/save a selected spectrum to the library, click the plus_green button. Mind the new table entry on the right of the window. If spectra should be directly added to the library while a pixel is selected/clicked, enable the profile_add_auto button.


Have a look at the Spectral Profile Sources window for more advanced settings for collecting spectra.

Managing spectra:

  • You can add additional fields to the table, for example in order to add information to every spectrum (id, name, classification label, …). To do so, enable the editing mode by clicking the mActionToggleEditing Toggle Editing Mode button. Now you can use the mActionNewAttribute New field button to add a new field (mind the type!). After the new field is added, click inside a cell to alter/add its content. To delete a field use the mActionDeleteAttribute Delete Field button.


    Example: Add a new text field (maximum 100 characters)

  • Location of spectra (if available) can be visualized as a point layer by right-clicking into a map window, and selecting Add Spectral Library

  • Spectra can be selected in the table and in the plot window itself. Selected spectra will be highlighted (blue background in the table; thicker line in the plot window). Hold the Shift key to select multiple spectra. A selection can be removed by clicking the mActionDeselectAll Deselect All button.

  • Remove spectra using the mActionDeleteSelected Remove Spectrum button.

  • You can save the collected spectra using the speclib_save Save Profiles in spectral library button.

Colorize spectra by attribute:

  • Open the Spectral Library Properties using the system button on the lower right.

  • Switch to the symbology Symbology tab and select the Categorized renderer at the top

  • In the Column droplist select the desired column and click Classify

  • Confirm with Apply and close the window.

Text Window viewlist_textview

Spectral Profile Sources

This menu manages the connection between raster sources and spectral library windows.

Button Description
plus_green add a new profile source entry
cross_red remove selected entries
  • In the Source column you can specify a source raster dataset. Double-clicking in the cell will open up a dropdown menu where you can select from all loaded raster datasets.
  • Sampling: Here you can choose how spectra are sampled. Double-click into the cell to open the dropdown menu, where you have several options available:
    • SingleProfile: Extracts the spectral signature of the pixel at the selected location
    • Sample3x3: Extracts spectral signatures of the pixel at the selected location and its adjacent pixels in a 3x3 neighborhood.
    • Sample5x5: Extracts spectral signatures of the pixel at the selected location and its adjacent pixels in a 5x5 neighborhood.
    • Sample3x3Mean: Extracts the mean spectral signature of the pixel at the selected location and its adjacent pixels in a 3x3 neighborhood.
    • Sample5x5Mean: Extracts the mean spectral signature of the pixel at the selected location and its adjacent pixels in a 5x5 neighborhood.
  • Destination: Into which spectral library should the extracted spectra be imported. Double-click to open the dropdown menu.
  • Scale: Scale factor for on-the-fly conversion (e.g. if your raster is scaled between 0-10000 but you want to store values between 0 and 1 in the spectral library)

Processing Toolbox

The processing toolbox is basically the same panel as in QGIS, i.e. it is mirrored into the EnMAP-Box GUI. Here you can find all the processing algorithms that come with the EnMAP-Box listed under EnMAP-Box. In case it is closed/not visible you can open it via View ‣ Panels ‣ QGIS Processing Toolbox.


See QGIS Documentation - The toolbox for further information.

Cursor Location Values

This tools lets you inspect the values of a layer or multiple layers at the location where you click in the map view. To select a location (e.g. pixel or feature) use the select_location Select Cursor Location button and click somewhere in the map view.

  • The Cursor Location Value panel should open automatically and list the information for a selected location. The layers will be listed in the order they appear in the Map View. In case you do not see the panel, you can open it via View ‣ Panels ‣ Cursor Location Values.
  • By default, raster layer information will only be shown for the bands which are mapped to RGB. If you want to view all bands, change the Visible setting to All (right dropdown menu). Also, the first information is always the pixel coordinate (column, row).
  • You can select whether location information should be gathered for All layers or only the Top layer. You can further define whether you want to consider Raster and Vector layers, or Vector only and Raster only, respectively.
  • Coordinates of the selected location are shown in the x and y fields. You may change the coordinate system of the displayed coordinates via the mActionSetProjection Select CRS button (e.g. for switching to lat/long coordinates).