Is there an easy way to get the BBOX of the currently selected vector features in QGIS?

I've seen How to quickly calculate bounding box coordinates of a selected polygon with QGIS but it does not solve the problem if multiple features are selected.

I'm asking if QGIS has an out-of-the-box feature to do this. I don't want to use the Python console, and I don't want to create a new layer just to get this information.

If it is not possible I'll just open a feature request.

  • Can you clarify are you after the BBOX as per the title, or is that part of the metadata you want? If it's more than BBOX, how does what you want differ from the information you get from the layer > properties?
    – nmtoken
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 14:52

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Out of the box feature to this is to open python console, and write one simple line:


Too bad if you do not want to use python console. Feel free to open feature request for a new tool. I think some optional selection information tab with count of selected features and few more stats would be nice. I am not aware of anything existing, this might be a long wait.

Update: By default the bounding box is in layer's CRS. If you want it in project CRS or any other CRS, you can use QgsCoordinateTransform class. E.g. for project CRS:

QgsCoordinateTransform(iface.activeLayer().crs(), QgsProject.instance().crs(), QgsProject.instance()).transformBoundingBox(iface.activeLayer().boundingBoxOfSelected())
  • Is it possible to get this in the current map projection rather than the layer's projection? Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 10:45
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    @alphabetasoup Updated the answer to include your question
    – Miro
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 22:22

Not sure this is what you want to see...anyway,

(1) Open attribute table and add a new text field (length ~ 160) with an expression: geom_to_wkt(bounds($geometry))

(2) Click on Identify Features icon

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If you are after the bounding box coordinates you could use the following expression when creating a new text field via the QGIS Field Calculator:


This will produce a text value of the minimum x, minimum y, maximum x and maximum y coordinates of a given feature, comma separated.


In summary, you want QGIS to show you in its interface the bounding box coordinates of one or more selected geometries, without using Python.

Is this possible? Yes, with the magic of expressions, I show you.

@Gnafu I think, that for your case the ideal is to configure the Map Tip of the layer.

The first thing is to clarify that the bbox is defined by four extreme coordinates, xmin,xmax,ymin,ymax. These coordinates define the minimum rectangle of a polygon or a group of geometries, and are the ones that we are going to show.


1.- Open the polygon layer properties dialog box. Then go to the display tab. enter image description here 2.- click on the button with the eplison symbol (capital e, highlighted with a red box in the image), located at the top. Write the following expression

'Xmax y Xmin: '+to_string(round(x_max(collect($geometry, is_selected())),2)) +  ','  + to_string(round(x_min(collect($geometry, is_selected())),2)) +  '\n'  + 
'Ymax y Ymin: '+to_string(round(y_max(collect($geometry, is_selected())),2)) +  ','  + to_string(round(y_min(collect($geometry, is_selected())),2)) 

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Then, next - apply - Ok.

To test it, activate the Map Tip button enter image description here

Now, select a polygon and place the cursor on it. You will see its extreme coordinates. Then, add to the selection other polygons, you will see how the coordinates change

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  • @Gnafu additionally, if you want to improve the presentation of the map tip, you can enter the expression with an html and/or css (yes, yes, I know you don't want to use :D code is optional)
    – Luis Perez
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 17:34

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