Working in QGIS 2.18.14 standalone on Windows, is there a way to create a Spatial Index for GeoPackage (gpkg) layers?

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It's possible in QGIS 3. You can click "Create Spatial index" from the Layer Properties Dialog:

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  • Does this option also enable spatial index auto updates? Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 7:35

I don't believe that it is possible through the QGIS UI at the moment. Read the GDAL GeoPackage vector manual http://www.gdal.org/drv_geopackage.html and use ogrinfo.

ogrinfo -SQL "SELECT CreateSpatialIndex('table_name', 'geom_column_name')" geopackage.gpkg
  • I think you need "SELECT Create..." to make it work
    – JaakL
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 20:18

There's also the processing tool: Create spatial index:

Creates an index to speed up access to the features in a layer based on their spatial location. Support for spatial index creation is dependent on the layer's data provider.

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    Yes, thanks. I guess this processing tool has been around since QGIS 2.16, which worked only for shapefiles at the time of the question.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Sep 8, 2021 at 13:12

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