The following Python code is very helpful to reverse the direction of lines in QGIS:

layer = qgis.utils.iface.mapCanvas().currentLayer()
for feature in layer.selectedFeatures():
   geom = feature.geometry()
   nodes = geom.asPolyline()
   newgeom = QgsGeometry.fromPolyline(nodes)

(see https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/9285/77061)

Unfortunately, the code doesn't work for polygons. Replacing asPolyline() and fromPolyline(nodes) with asPolygon() and fromPolygon(nodes) hasn't helped. Is there a Python code that works for polygons?

if layer.geometryType() == 2:
    # ?


For PostGIS and most likely some other data providers it's possible to digitize polygons clockwise and counter-clockwise. Creating a marker line symbology (e.g. triangle) for such layer may result in inward and outward rotated markers. So I want to reverse the direction of the anti-clockwise digitized polygons through the Python console.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Vince, whyzar, Midavalo Mar 19 '17 at 16:18

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    There is no such thing as reversed polygon. Outer ring vertices go clockwise. – FelixIP Mar 19 '17 at 9:00
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    As far as I know, this depends on the data provider. In PostGIS it's possible to create polygon vertices clockwise and anti-clockwise. – eclipsed_by_the_moon Mar 19 '17 at 9:05
  • Internal handling of polygons in QGIS is uniform as far as I know. Drivers turn direction when data are saved if needed. – user30184 Mar 19 '17 at 9:27
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    Is it please possible to tell us why you want it? – Miro Mar 19 '17 at 11:10
  • Shapefile outer rings are clockwise; other data formats use left hand rule. If you succeed in flipping polygons to the incorrect orientation, you will likely cause random geometry manipulation failures. This goal is self-defeating. – Vince Mar 19 '17 at 11:17

This code works for polygons but, 'changeGeometry' method has no effect even in edit mode. It's necessary to create a new geometry as memory layer.

layer = iface.mapCanvas().currentLayer()

new_geom = []

for feature in layer.getFeatures():
    geom = feature.geometry()
    nodes = geom.asPolygon()
    print nodes
    print nodes
    print layer.changeGeometry(feature.id(), newgeom)

epsg = layer.crs().postgisSrid()

uri = "Polygon?crs=epsg:" + str(epsg) + "&field=id:integer""&index=yes"

mem_layer = QgsVectorLayer(uri,

prov = mem_layer.dataProvider()

feats = [ QgsFeature() for i in range(len(new_geom)) ]

for i, feat in enumerate(feats):


polygon_memlayer = [ feat.geometry().asPolygon() 
                     for feat in mem_layer.getFeatures() ]

print polygon_memlayer

After running the code at the Python Console of QGIS with this shapefile:

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it could be observed, at Python Console, that the node order was effectively reversed.

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