I have a SpatiaLite database with some multipolygon layers loaded.

What I would like to do is to merge (not dissolve) 2 layers into 1. Both layers have the same SRID and same field name (they are a result of the same algorithm).

I'm looking for a SpatiaLite funcion that does the same thing of QGIS -> Union.

Is there a simple comand to do that?

My solution, using @Alexandre's suggestions:

SELECT * FROM layer1
SELECT * FROM layer2;

SELECT RecoverGeometryColumn('merged', 'Geometry',  32632, 'MULTIPOLYGON', 'XY');

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If you use DB Manager, you can use plain SQL to union two tables. Something like this:

SELECT field1, field2 FROM my_table_1
SELECT field1, field2 FROM my_table_2

Notice that the fields must match in both tables in terms of data type, but they do not need to have the same name.

  • Hi Alexandre, thanks for your help! It works! But a small problem related to the question: I'm trying to create a new table (CREATE TABLE merged AS.. and your code). But, doing so, I don't have a 'spatial layer', but only a 'normal' table.. Should I re-load the geometry in some way?
    – matteo
    Sep 22, 2015 at 12:36
  • I would create the layer before, with all the necessary steps to add a geometry column (I'm not familiar with how Spatialite handles geometry tables now) and then insert the result of the query into the new table. Sep 22, 2015 at 12:48
  • Thanks Alexandre, I'll edit my question with the code you suggested.
    – matteo
    Sep 22, 2015 at 13:11

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