In am a Django developer with limited GIS knowledge. In Django I have a polygon and a linestring as follows:

Linestring and Polygon

I would like to split the polygon by the linestring to obtain the 4 resulting polygons (or one new multipolygon):

New Polygons

Based on the API docs I thought I might be able to use the union method to get this, but this fails on geometry checking.

Does anyone perhaps have a suggestion on how best to achieve this?

  • Can you please supply example data for the polygons and the lines? (In any format, or in Python code)
    – Udi
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 12:44

1 Answer 1


You can use shapely to access the underlying GEOS API and create the polygons:

from shapely import wkt
from shapely.ops import linemerge, unary_union, polygonize

POLY = "POLYGON ((34.67491149902344 31.59900710035676, 34.85000610351562 31.59900710035676, 34.85000610351562 31.73867905688433, 34.67491149902344 31.73867905688433, 34.67491149902344 31.59900710035676))"
LINE = "LINESTRING (34.64401245117188 31.63292168314889, 34.80812072753906 31.75911546882192)"

poly = wkt.loads(POLY)
line = wkt.loads(LINE)

merged = linemerge([poly.boundary, line])
borders = unary_union(merged)
polygons = polygonize(borders)
for p in polygons:

Since GEOS is used by GeoDjango and shapely, data is interchangeable between them.

Solution adapted from answer here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4129241/split-a-polygon-with-a-linestring-in-jts

  • Nice answer! I think you could also follow this algorithm using PostGIS with GeoDjango. I would be interested to know if you could achieve this nicely using just GEOSGeometry operations without shapely. I had a look but I think the polygonize operation is going to be tricky.
    – Alexander
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 17:08

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