I have an existing SQLITE Database and I want to create several additional geometry Layers with Python.

Within QGIS 2.x I used the following library

from pyspatialite import dbapi2

According to this issue Pyspatialite in QGIS 3 crash QGIS 2.99 does not have the pyspatialite library anymore. With the sqlite3 library there is obviously no spatialite-extension included.

So now I am stuck. Is there another library I can use?

  • You can connect to Spatialite databases directly using pysqlite and I would assume also pyspatialite. You can also add spatial data of most types using ogr2ogr. Is there a reason you need to involve QGIS in your workflow? – eric s Nov 2 '17 at 17:47
  • Yes, it is part of a QGIS plugin! The whole workflow (creating new polygons, points, topology, etc.) is done in QGIS. – AndreasK Nov 2 '17 at 20:59

Just opened a PR to fix this issue in QGIS v3 (on Windows). Remember that this is a dev version.

In the meantime, you could use this installer and adjust it by yourself (free software rocks!) after installation. You just need to change line 602 of C:\\Program Files\\QGIS 2.99\\apps\\qgis-dev\\python\\qgis\\utils.py by:

    ("spatialite", "spatialite_init_ex"),

Restart QGIS and now you'll be able to use sqlite3 connections with SpatiaLite support by using the following line from the QGIS Python Console or from your plugin:

con = qgis.utils.spatialite_connect("/path/to/your/spatialite_db.sqlite")

Now, you can create a new point layer in your database in this way (see the docs):

cur = con.cursor()
# Run next line if your DB was just created, it may take a while...
cur.execute("SELECT InitSpatialMetaData()") 
cur.execute("""CREATE TABLE test_geom (
  measured_value DOUBLE NOT NULL);""")
cur.execute("""SELECT AddGeometryColumn('test_geom', 'the_geom',
  4326, 'POINT', 'XY');""")

This little fix also makes db_manager able to open SpatiaLite databases.

  • Thank you very much, changing line 602 does the trick! (And of course you are right, it is a dev-version!) – AndreasK Nov 6 '17 at 11:26
  • Great! FYI, Jürgen F. has commited another change to make sure SpatiaLite module gets loaded on Windows, which according to him is not happening, even with the change I proposed. So in newer QGIS versions you shouldn't need this code tweak I told you. – Germán Carrillo Nov 6 '17 at 12:37
  • In the last QGIS 2.99 weekly, this works perfectly (without any tweak) : import qgis.utils ... con = qgis.utils.spatialite_connect("/path/to/your/spatialite_db.sqlite") – sigeal Dec 4 '17 at 13:15
  • Yeap! That's now fixed in QGIS master! – Germán Carrillo Dec 4 '17 at 14:03

As Jürgen Fischer said on the bug tracker feed here

Use sqlite3 instead of pyspatialite for SpatiaLite connections

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