I have a raster file and want to clip it, but I'm getting this error:

"ERROR: Cutline not of polygon type"

what does this error mean and how can I resolve it?

  • Can you add a screenshot, or share the polygon layer? The error message suggests it is not closed, or self-intersecting.
    – AndreJ
    Aug 7, 2014 at 5:30
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    I'm having the same issue. I verified both layers have the same projection info. Did you find another solution or possible cause?
    – e.tam
    Dec 4, 2020 at 23:34

2 Answers 2


Please see this post.

Receiving GDAL Clipper Error from QGIS?

1) One of the layers is missing projection information. Post both your layers so we can take a look.

2) A polygon that has some issues such as self intersecting (unlikely). It is almost always one. You need to project or project both layers into a common format.


Is your polygon and raster in the same projection? If not, try projecting to a common projection, as mentioned here:

Raster file clipping error.

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