Exporting layers

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This tutorial will explain the basics of exporting layers from QGIS. This is useful if, for example, you want to convert an existing vector layer to a different file format or change the coordinate reference system.

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Step 1: Navigate to "Save Feature As..."
Steps 2 + 3: Choose the export settings and click "OK"

Follow these simple steps to export a layer from QGIS:

Step 1: Right click on the layer in the layers panel and navigate to Export » Save Feature As....

Step 2: Choose the export settings:

  • Choose the file format from the drop-down menu (e.g. GeoPackage, ESRI shapefile, CSV).
File name
  • Set the file name and path by clicking on the three small dots on the right.
Layer name
  • Enter the name that will show when the layer is added to QGIS (optional).
  • Choose the correct coordinate reference system.
  • For the Netherlands this is EPSG:28992 - Amersfoort / RD New.
Geometry type
  • Choose the geometry type (point / line / polygon) or let QGIS decide the geometry by leaving this as "automatic" (default).
  • If you don't want to export the geometry (for instance if you just want export the attribute data as a CSV file) then choose "no geometry".
  • Choose the geographical extent of the data that you want to export.
  • This is either the extent of the layer (default), the extent of another layer or the extent currently shown on the map canvas. You can also fill in your own values for North, East, South, West.

Step 3: Click "OK" and the layer will be exported to your chosen file path.

  • Note: it won't be possible to click "OK" unless you have fill in all the necessary fields.

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