I have several polygon/multipolygon shapefile layers, and used QuickOSM's Quick query to download waterways within that polygon layer by clicking "Extent of a layer" and choosing a polygon layer. But QuickOSM not only downloaded the waterways within the polygon but also those adjacent to/outside it. It looks like QuickOSM downloaded the waterways as a box/rectangle and not as the specified polygon shape.

How could I download the waterways only within the polygon layer?

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    Extent = rectangular boundary of something, in this case your whole layer. Jul 14, 2017 at 16:52
  • Ok, so I need to clip it manually then.. I had thought QuickOSM had that option.
    – JAT86
    Jul 14, 2017 at 17:55
  • @bugmenot123 please turn your comment into a full answer.
    – AndreJ
    Jul 14, 2017 at 19:10
  • I wasn't 100% sure this was the issue but i see stephen posted a great answer already! Jul 15, 2017 at 2:59
  • Im trying to do something similar. I want to build a model where I will type the key, value and location and it will take all the multipolygon and relation data, transform into centroids, merge with the rest of the point data and finally save as an excel. However Im having problems at the start, Im not finding an algorithm like yours. I did find an algorithm that seems to build the query based on the string inputs I have. However I dont have an algorithm that generates the layers. ![Model](i.stack.imgur.com/HaU1Q.png) This second step has an outpu Dec 28, 2018 at 17:39

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Thank you for asking this. I use this plugin a lot, so I had a look to see if it could be automated (as I tend to always ask for similar things like highways and buildings). It turns out that several of the plugin's algorithms have been made available through Processing. This will make things much easier - clipping isn't difficult so it never occurred to me to model it!

If you want to clip to an arbitrary polygon (like clipping your roads to the outline of a state) you can do this with a processing model

Here, I asked for a small diamond area and all the buildings in it, you'll see some of the buildings have been clipped

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Model looks like this.... (I just processed the multipolygons, but you can add to this model to process other geometries easily). There's a 'save as image' option on the graphical modeller, makes screenshots a lot easier...

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And here's the output after pressing the 'save as python script' button. You can generate the XML using the "generate query" button using the dialog GUI. This query asks for buildings (lines & polygons only)

##result=output vector
outputs_QUICKOSMQUERYOVERPASSAPIWITHASTRING_1=processing.runalg('quickosm:queryoverpassapiwithastring', 'http://overpass-api.de/api/','<osm-script output="xml" timeout="25">\n    <union>\n        <query type="way">\n            <has-kv k="building"/>\n            <bbox-query {{bbox}}/>\n        </query>\n        <query type="relation">\n            <has-kv k="building"/>\n            <bbox-query {{bbox}}/>\n        </query>\n    </union>\n    <union>\n        <item/>\n        <recurse type="down"/>\n    </union>\n    <print mode="body"/>\n</osm-script>',extent,None,None)
outputs_QUICKOSMOGRDEFAULT_1=processing.runalg('quickosm:ogrdefault', outputs_QUICKOSMQUERYOVERPASSAPIWITHASTRING_1['OUTPUT_FILE'],None,None,None,None,None,None,None,None)
outputs_GDALOGRCLIPVECTORSBYPOLYGON_1=processing.runalg('gdalogr:clipvectorsbypolygon', outputs_QUICKOSMOGRDEFAULT_1['multipolygons_LAYER'],clipoutline,None,result)

Tip: if you're not working in 4326, switch to 4326 in OTF. That way, when you choose the layer extents when running the model, you'll get latitude and longitude extents. Otherwise you'll get the "mismatched CRS" error.

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