I'm trying to export positions of a set of points using pyqgis

I saw the numerous posts concerning exporting shp dataset to csv but the command used in all of them is not working.

My code line is:

QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(final_palmtrees_layer, result_path+'_trees_pos.csv', "utf-8", None, "CSV", layerOptions ='GEOMETRY=AS_XY')

There are two issues with this line

  • I wrote it in the console and i'm getting a "7" error code in the console, but I cannot find what it means.
  • I put it in a script and i'm getting the csv file but only the attributes, not the points position + excel tells that the file is corrupted
  • Which QGIS version and platform are you using?
    – Joseph
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 10:17
  • QGIS 2.18.14 on windows 10
    – Clement
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 10:34
  • Try using layerOptions as a list. E.g. layerOptions=['GEOMETRY=AS_XY']
    – Joseph
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 10:36
  • I now get error code 3 with QgsVectorFileWriter.writeAsVectorFormat(layer, 'C:\...\xy.csv', "utf-8", None, "CSV", layerOptions =['GEOMETRY=AS_XY']). Indeed it's written list in QGIS API, I just saw it. Is there a place to see error codes ?
    – Clement
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 11:32
  • https://qgis.org/api/classQgsVectorFileWriter.html#a3a4405a59d8f8ac147878cae5bd9bade. Also, be careful with backward slashes. Use r'C:\...\xy.csv' or 'C:\...\\xy.csv'
    – Joseph
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 11:45

1 Answer 1


Solved the issue by:

  • adding 'r' in front of the path: r'C:\...\xy.csv'
  • use a list and not a string as layerOptions parameter

Thanks Joseph

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