I am looking for a very simple thing. I want to create a polygon based on the current view extent of my project.

In fact I want to:

  1. open google satellite layers
  2. zoom to my area of interest
  3. create a polygon based on the 'view extent'

of course, the GE layer is not important, it should work with any view.view

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Sounds like spatial bookmarks - maybe that's also an option.

But given that you have a current polygon layer in the same CRS as the project, you can do this in the python console to add a new feature with the current extent:

f = QgsFeature()
l = qgis.utils.iface.activeLayer()

I have found the optimal answer (sorry @Jef, I started digging into the Python console, and will continue, but this one was quicker).

The QMarxan plugin allows for creating a grid from the view extent.

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    Mind that: This plugin is deprecated!
    – Taras
    Nov 17, 2021 at 6:43

QGIS 3.10 introduced 2 new tools (or maybe in earlier versions). With it, you can convert layer features to bookmarks or vice versa:

Convert layer to spatial bookmarks

Convert spatial bookmarks to layer


I had this need in QGIS 3x and the following workflow allowed me to quickly create the polygons.

In the map layout I got the map to the scale and extent required and checked the extent values in item properties for the frame. enter image description here

I put these into a Google Sheet - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DIkh3neqY_aF0jLjv8myjzG16ncx92DyobBSH22scdU/edit?usp=sharing

I then imported them into QGIS as Polygon WKT enter image description here

This gave me the polygons I needed for an atlas.

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