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I've created a custom map in QGIS with a few shapefiles. I'm using leaflet.js to render the map and the shapefile points and everything lines up correctly. The CRS is set to 4326.

When I export the shapefiles as geojson from QGIS, the coordinates are huge and look something like this: 9949941.925330460071564, -12405330.17722519300878

Leaflet is expecting coordinates that look like this: 82.9687,63.2336

Anyone have any insight into resolving this problem?

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Quick clarification, I want to export the shapefiles as geojson to zoom to specific coordinates on the prerendered map. – Roy Kolak May 17 '13 at 17:00
Looks like your original shapefiles are in projection that is in metres/feet need to reproject into WGS84 then your will get the expected decimal degrees. – Mapperz May 17 '13 at 17:00
When I right click on a shapefile > Set Layer CRS.. it's currently set to 'WGS 84' and 'EPSG:4326'. Is that what you mean? – Roy Kolak May 17 '13 at 17:06
That is what the layer is set to, but the data is obviously ot EPSG:4326. Do you have a .prj file for your shapefile? You can look into it with any text editor. – AndreJ May 17 '13 at 17:25
Yes I do, this is the contents of one of my shapefile's .prj: GEOGCS["GCS_WGS_1984",DATUM["D_WGS_1984",SPHEROID["WGS_1984",6378137,298.2572235‌​63]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0],UNIT["Degree",0.017453292519943295]] – Roy Kolak May 17 '13 at 17:34
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Try to change the layer CRS with Rightclick ->Set Layer CRS to EPSG:3857. To verify that your data is in the correct place you can load the openlayers plugin with Google or Openstreetmap background.

For Geojson export, the target CRS must be EPSG:4326. You have to set that manually when using Rightclick->Save As....

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Yes! You have saved the day. – Roy Kolak May 17 '13 at 18:28

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