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I am trying to create midpoints for a set of polylines in QGIS. My python knowledge is poor and was wondering if there was a plugin that did if for me.

I have tried using the Mean Coordinates function suggested in Creating point to center of polyline? but this returns a centroid which is sometimes off the line (especially when lines are not straight). I am essentially looking for a point that is on the line half way along.

  • What do you mean exactly with "midpoints for a set of polylines"? The points of the vertices of the medial axis for example? doc.cgal.org/latest/Straight_skeleton_2/index.html – huckfinn Mar 9 '16 at 4:41
  • I have a data set of polylines, for each polyline I would like to create (in a new layer) a set of points located on the lines at exactly half their length. If I had 100m polyline the point would be located on the line at 50m from the start. – Tarks Mar 10 '16 at 0:04
  • What do you mean exactly with the term polyline. A polygon is, in OGC terms, an areal data structure and its border is a circular buffer . So it is diffucult to say what is the mid point because of is in-determined start- & end point on that ring. You want to split a set of linestrings (OGC terms), which a spatial linear buffer with a start & end point and length, in two parts with a equal length? (.. look at geometry primitives 2d in: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well-known_text) – huckfinn Mar 10 '16 at 8:21
  • Sorry I was using MapInfo language I now assume. I am looking for the midpoints of a linestrings. – Tarks Mar 14 '16 at 20:42
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There is a GDAL tool Points along lines (in Processing Toolbox | GDAL | Vector geoprocessing).

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Start this tool, then set the Distance from line start represented as fraction of line length parameter to 0.5.

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This 0.5, being the fraction, puts a point at the middle of the line. For you most important part of this tool is that the points are placed on the line(s).

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