I'm trying to create a distance matrix between two point shapefiles in QGIS 2.6. Both are in WGS84 UTM Zone 30N co-ordinates (and so is the project file), but the distance matrix returns values such as 5673346.938, instead of expected numbers of between 1 and 5km.

I saw a similar thread mentioning disabling 'on the fly projection changes' - I've done this, and no change. Threads already checked: Distance Matrix QGIS

Unable to obtain linear distance matrix

Here are samples of the two shapefiles I'm using, stripped down to just ID and location. http://www.datafilehost.com/d/32dc1dc6


  • Could you please include the link to this thread so that others don't repeat the same one you already checked? Also, maybe you can upload your point shapefiles to a public file-server so that others using MAC can test this? (I use QGIS 2.6.1 on Windows) – Joseph Mar 23 '15 at 10:17
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    Thanks Joseph, I've added links to the threads I've checked already. I can't upload the shapefiles as they are composed of data I can't legally share. I guess an alternative would be for me to find a sample dataset to test, and see if I get the same problem? – Adam G Mar 23 '15 at 10:21
  • Awesome Adam, thanks! Don't worry, I understand about data sensitivity :). If you could test it on a sample dataset then atleast we could know that the problem may lie within your QGIS and not in the shapefile. – Joseph Mar 23 '15 at 10:38
  • As it happens, I couldn't quickly find sample point shapefiles, so I've removed the sensitive parts of the data to make two sample shapefiles, now linked in the question. – Adam G Mar 23 '15 at 11:04
  • Nice one buddy, hopefully others can now test these and see if they replicate the issue. – Joseph Mar 23 '15 at 11:06

For completeness, I was able to partially solve my issue. It seems QGIS saves points as multipoints. By performing a multipart to single parts change and using the new shapefile produced, I was able to get appropriate results - some of the time.

For some reason, it still doesn't work ALL of the time, even when using the same shapefile.

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