How can I split a road network into different links splitting at intersections?? The whole network is in one single layer.

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You need to use Split lines by lines tool, and use the same file as input layer and split layer, as you can see below:

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You can find the tool from Processing toolbox -> QGIS Geoalgorithms -> Vector Overlay tools -> Split lines by lines

Here is the tool in the Processing Menu:

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Before running the tool:

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After running the tool:

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Update for QGIS 3.x

Although the tool has the same name in SAGA -> Vector line tools, it has a different name in QGIS 3.x. The new name is Split with lines located under Processing tools -> Vector overlay -> Split with lines:

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  • under the Vector Overlay tools there is no such option of "split lines with lines". I am using QGIS 2.10.1 Pisa. Can you help me with that.
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 9:29
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    @AMALDATTA - At the bottom of the Processing Toolbox, make sure you are using the Advanced interface and not the Simplified interface. This algorithm was available since QGIS 2.8 :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 10:26
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    @Joseph Thank you very much for pointing that, I completely forget this point, as I am always using Advanced interface.
    – ahmadhanb
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 10:29
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    @ahmadhanb - Most welcome! Although it is just a guess since the OP is using a fairly old version :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 10:31
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    @AMALDATTA - It may depend on how those intersections look. I suggest you accept this answer (by clicking the green-faded tick on the left-hand side) to show your initial question has been solved and then ask a new question with your details and screenshots :)
    – Joseph
    Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 11:07

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