I have been trying to add multiple vector layers to a SpatiaLite database, however using the integrated DB Manager in QGIS 2.14.10 and 2.18.7, whenever I add a shapefile using the "Import Layer/File" button, and follow the menu, the item added does not have geometry, with only the attribute table appearing in the DB.

I can create DBs containing single layers using the "Save as..." right click menu option, but I can't save multiple vector layers into the same DB.

Other users have suggested using the QSpatiaLite plugin, however the plugin doesn't run when installed, and hasn't been updated in 6 years. QspatiaLite seemed like a good answer, if anyone knows of a similar plugin that has been upkept, please let me know.

Here is a snapshot of my SpatiaLite DB, with GLA_Zips being the vector file that was added to the original combined_mix sqlite file. Despite checking the geometry column option in the import menu, the geometry still isn't imported. When I click add to canvas in the context menu for the item, its added to the layers panel as a table, not a polygon vector file. DB Manager Screenshot

The original combined_mix layer looks like this in the DB, for comparison, and works in the layers panel just fine. originalSpatialiteFile

  • I can't reproduce with QGIS 2.18.7. I just added three layers to the same existing SpatiaLite db with the DB Manager and all the geometries are there.
    – user30184
    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:38
  • Does the geometry appear after you hit refresh in DB Manager. If not, then try to update QGIS. It is now 2.14.15. May there is a bug in QGIS 2.14.10 that you have.
    – ahmadhanb
    Jun 7, 2017 at 5:41
  • I just updated to 2.18.7 in the off chance that was the cause of the issue, and I am still having the same issue. I added a screenshot so you can see the DB I am working with, and the table that is shown when I add a vector file. And no, the geometry doesn't appear when I click refresh.
    – Fireycold
    Jun 7, 2017 at 6:09

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I created a test database with GDAL

ogr2ogr -f SQLite -dsco spatialite=yes test.sqlite point.shp

I made a connection with DB Manager and imported this same layer with another name.

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Import was successful

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I can see from your screen capture that even your "combined_mix" table does not have a point symbol in the legend like my layers do but I do not know if it means that there is something wrong with the database.

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