I'm using QGIS 2.18.9.

How do I split a line by percentage?

In the case of a line, split it by percentage length.

My use-case is more for roads where I would like to split a segment (by %). So, I can use the line feature to determine the length and then create a buffer as shown.

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    Splitting a polygon by a percentage should be a different question to splitting a line by a percentage. I think you should focus this one on the former, and if the other is not already asked and answered on this site, then ask that separately.
    – PolyGeo
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:36
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    Out of curiosity, what happened to the other 10%? ;)
    – Joseph
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:23
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    you got my red handed @Joseph. :) its a mistake
    – Garry
    Aug 30, 2017 at 3:25

1 Answer 1


You may run this simple code from the Python Console:

percentage = 0.6 # Set the percentage

layer = iface.activeLayer() # Load it as you want

# Create the output layer
crs = layer.crs().toWkt()
outLayer = QgsVectorLayer('Polygon?crs='+ crs, 'catchments_new' , 'memory')
prov = outLayer.dataProvider()
fields = layer.pendingFields() # Fields from the input layer
prov.addAttributes(fields) # Add input layer fields to the outLayer

for feat in layer.getFeatures():
    attrs = feat.attributes()
    line_geom = feat.geometry()
    leng = line_geom.length()
    print leng
    dist = (percentage * leng)
    center_pt = dist * 0.5
    pt = line_geom.interpolate(center_pt)
    buffered_geom = pt.buffer(center_pt, 2000) # set the second parameter sufficiently enough for avoiding creating odd behaviors
    itx = line_geom.intersection(buffered_geom)
    diff = line_geom.difference(buffered_geom)

    outGeom_1 = QgsFeature()

    outGeom_2 = QgsFeature()

# Add the layer to the Layers panel

It will create a new line memory layer that stores each original line feature as two splitted new features depending on the percentage you have set.


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