I have a GeoDataFrame consisting polygons. How can I convert each polygon into a list of coordinates? Is there any attribute, method or function in GeoPandas to do this?

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A very effective, very fast solution would be to build a function and then use apply instead of a list comprehension

def coord_lister(geom):
    coords = list(geom.exterior.coords)
    return (coords)

coordinates = shp.geometry.apply(coord_lister)

You can use the following list comprehension to achieve this:

[list(shp.geometry.exterior[row_id].coords) for row_id in range(shp.shape[0])]

where shp is your geopandas dataframe. It uses the exterior and coords methods from shapely.

  • It worked, though there is a problem with multipolygons. Thanks!
    – Vinay
    Oct 31, 2018 at 15:43
  • [list(shp.geometry.exterior.iloc[row_id].coords) for row_id in range(shp.shape[0])]
    – Jackssn
    Aug 25, 2021 at 12:09

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